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New York FBI Chief to Retire
Will Retire as Highest-Ranking Female Law Enforcement Officer in the Field

FBI New York August 16, 2012
  • FBI New York Press Office (212) 384-2100

Janice K. Fedarcyk, who has headed the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past two years, has announced her retirement from the FBI after 25 years of service, effective August 24. During her tenure at the helm of the FBI’s largest field office, she has overseen major investigations across the full spectrum of FBI investigative programs, including the ongoing probe into insider trading; significant public corruption cases; several major health care fraud investigations; continued efforts to reduce the influence of La Cosa Nostra families; stepped-up scrutiny of emerging organized crime enterprises; coordination of an international law enforcement team that brought down a world-wide computer hacking conspiracy; and ongoing counterterrorism efforts, including the arrest of al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame.

Ms. Fedarcyk, the highest-ranking female law enforcement officer in the field, began her FBI career in 1987 as a special agent assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, where she investigated major narcotics trafficking organizations, organized crime, money laundering, and gangs. In 1996, she was promoted to a supervisory position at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Ms. Fedarcyk was named the first FBI liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and, the following year, she was appointed supervisor of the squad in the Baltimore FBI Office that oversaw the FBI’s national initiative investigating child exploitation on the Internet.

Ms. Fedarcyk was named the FBI’s representative to the National Counterterrorism Center’s Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning in 2005, where she was instrumental in formulating the national strategic operational plan in the war on terrorism.

Prior to assuming leadership of the New York FBI Office, Ms. Fedarcyk served as Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles FBI Office and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Philadelphia.

Ms. Fedarcyk, pictured below, plans to open a consulting business in Washington, D.C.