- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

FBI veteran Michael A. Mason, who formerly headed the bureau’s Washington field office, has been named the bureau’s executive assistant director for investigations, where he will oversee criminal and cyberspace probes, coordination with law enforcement, international operations and crisis response.

The appointment was announced this week by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who said Mr. Mason has “the knowledge and experience” with both criminal investigations and administrative matters “to ensure that the criminal programs receive strategic guidance and support.”

“Under his leadership, I have no doubt the FBI will maintain its unparalleled level of excellence in criminal investigations,” Mr. Mueller said.

Mr. Mason, who has served as acting chief of criminal investigations since January, played a key role in several high-profile investigations after taking over the Washington field office in 2003, including follow-ups in the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings and the investigation into the 2004 discovery of poisonous ricin in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican.

After joining the FBI in January 1985, he initially was assigned to the Hartford, Conn., office, where he worked on narcotics investigations and bank robbery cases. He also served on a SWAT team as a sniper/observer. He later was assigned to the Washington field office, where he served on a white-collar crime/public corruption squad.

Mr. Mason came to FBI Headquarters in 1990 as a member of the director’s security detail, and subsequently served as a supervisor in the personnel resources unit and then as an assistant inspector in the inspection division. Beginning in 1994, he served as supervisor at the bureau’s Syracuse, N.Y., office, and was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Buffalo division in 1998.

He served as a chief at the FBI’s applicant processing section, where he was responsible for, among other things, overseeing the background investigations conducted on all FBI employees and presidential appointees. He served as special assistant to the director from December 2001 to April 2002, and was the special agent in charge of the Sacramento, Calif., division from 2002 until his appointment as assistant director in charge of the Washington field office in September 2003.

Mr. Mason was born in Chicago. He has a degree in accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and achieved the rank of captain in the U.S. Marine Corps before his discharge in December 1984. He is married and has two sons.

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