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November 2023

FBI personnel near a hot-air balloon during at Fiesta Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

FBI personnel at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.

Message from the Assistant Director

Hello FBI Family,

The year is quickly wrapping up and a lot has gone on here inPublic Affairs Assistant Director Catherine Milhoan the past month at the FBI and in the Office of Public Affairs — from a “60 Minutes” interview with the Director to annual Congressional testimony — all while facing an increased threat environment. Things are hopping. We want to make sure you all know nothing has changed at the FBI when it comes to our core mission: we are here to protect the American public.

We began the Alumni E-Brief to good reviews and increasing readership, with our numbers trending up every month. My team is working to communicate with the public, the media, our employees and of course you, the FBI family. We are very aware of some of the negative publicity the FBI has received and how this has affected the reputation and perception of the FBI. Our polling research shows that the perception hit to the Bureau has been extremely overblown and most Americans throughout the country maintain a positive view of the FBI. I recently spoke about this to the Special Agents in Charge at their biannual conference. In headquarters city offices and at resident agencies across the country, people trust the FBI, need the FBI, and are ready to assist the FBI. Recruiting is up. Retention is up. For OPA’s part, we’ve made progress increasing timeliness, transparency, and coordination across the larger FBI communications cadre, and we’re providing the materials, resources, and professional development necessary for that cadre to do its work. Looking forward, we will find new ways to tell our story to as many people as possible. Our goal for 2024 is to create more content for our web and social media sites — more videos, photos, stories, and podcasts that showcase the great investigative work the FBI is doing across the nation.

There will be challenges, and we will face them head-on going forward. I appreciate your critiques and suggestions. Email us at

    Cathy L. Milhoan
    Office of Public Affairs

Message from the Assistant Director, Cyber Division

In my role as the AD of Cyber Division, I have the privilege ofCyber Division Assistant Director Bryan A. Vorndran at FBI Headquarters. participating in the FBI’s efforts to increase information sharing and partnerships with the private sector.  I would like to highlight one of the most impactful programs my division offers to the private sector: the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Academy. Cyber Division uses CISO Academy to create a trusted space, based on mutual respect and transparency, to provide cybersecurity executive attendees with a deeper understanding of how the FBI can and will partner with them before, during, and after a cyber incident.

With a carefully curated agenda, CISO Academy demystifies the FBI’s role and collects and shares critical intelligence from the front lines to support cyber operations. This mutually beneficial experience has become a highly sought-after industry event. We attribute CISO Academy’s success to the fact that both attendees and speakers are transparent about the threats they face and united in their common goal to build a safer and more secure cybersecurity ecosystem.

We are always looking for organizations with whom the FBI should be building or maturing a partnership. As former FBI employees, I ask that each of you think of CISOs, CTOs, or CSOs that would benefit from attending CISO Academy. Further, I encourage you to serve as a Cyber Division ambassador and encourage them to contact their local field office and inquire about CISO Academy.

Bryan Vorndran
Cyber Division

By the Numbers: FBI Social Media

The FBI launched its presence in social media in November 2008 when @fbi went live on Twitter.

FBI's first post on Twitter in 2008.

Today, we have 130 separate pages or sites on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. The Office of Public Affairs Social Media Team manages the enterprise social media accounts and provides operational support to all 56 Field Offices, FBI Jobs, and FBI Most Wanted accounts.

Additionally, to better serve the Spanish-speaking community, Denver, Houston, El Paso, and Los Angeles Field Offices maintain Spanish language X (Twitter) pages.

The following information, compiled on November 1, 2023, reflects the FBI’s current social media footprint.

FBI Facebook Cover Image

Facebook (13k posts since 2009)

60 pages

3 million total followers

@FBI = 2.9 million

X (Twitter) (20k posts since 2008)

64 pages

5.9 million total followers

@FBI = 3.5 million

11K followers on Spanish accounts

Instagram (900 posts since 2019)

3 pages (expanding to all 56 field offices in FY24)

1.9 million total followers

@FBI = 1.7 million


2 pages



1 page

235K subscribers

Even FBI Most Wanted is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

FBI Most Wanted on Twitter

To see the full list of FBI social media accounts, visit


Speaking at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in San Diego, Wray underscored the importance of leveraging collective resources and strengths to better protect our communities.

Strengthening Partnerships

At an annual conference held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed the FBI’s commitment to work collaboratively with its law enforcement partners. Details

Related: Director Wray convened the Five Eyes Summit on Protecting Innovation, Preventing Economic Espionage. The gathering marked the first-ever joint public appearance of Five Eyes leaders.
Details | Podcast

The discussion on October 17 at Oklahoma Christian University featured David Grann, author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” a historical account of the so-called “Reign of Terror” in Oklahoma in the early 1920s. Tribal leaders Geoffrey Standing Bear, principal chief of the Osage Nation, and Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, along with the FBI’s Edward Gray

The discussion on October 17 at Oklahoma Christian University featured David Grann, author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” a historical account of the so-called “Reign of Terror” in Oklahoma in the early 1920s. Tribal leaders Geoffrey Standing Bear, principal chief of the Osage Nation, and Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, along with the FBI’s Edward Gray

Osage Murders Panel

The special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office spoke on a panel about the FBI's role in Indian Country. The discussion included local tribal leaders and the author of "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI."

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Podcast: The Osage Murders

In Case You Missed It

The FBI’s Art Crime Team in Chicago returned the painting "Landschaft italienischen Charakters" (or "Landscape of Italian Character") by the Austrian painter Johann Franz Nepomuk Lauterer (1700–1733), to its rightful owner. In a ceremony held at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago, the FBI and its international partners gathered to celebrate the repatriation of the painting to the Bavarian State Painting Collections – Alte Pinakothek museum. Details

Inside the FBI Podcast: The Art Crime Program

This series features stories, images, and videos produced by the team that manages


FBI Columbia kicked off the second year of a mentoring program for students at South Carolina colleges and universities.

Students learn how the FBI's Evidence Response Team processes a crime scene. FBI employees, including special agents, intelligence analysts and professional staff members, are pairing up with 25 students from seven South Carolina schools to develop a mentor-mentee relationship.

FBI Columbia Helps Students Find their Path to Passion

Academics may be the foundation of the college experience, but for students striking out on their own for the first time, finding a path of purpose and passion can make the transition to adulthood that much easier. The FBI’s Columbia field office is working with students at South Carolina colleges and universities to help pave that path through an innovative mentoring program.

Starting in September, the FBI kicked off the second year of this special collegiate program. FBI employees, including special agents, intelligence analysts and professional staff members, are pairing up with 25 students from seven schools to develop a mentor-mentee relationship. Through the school year, they meet at least monthly and attend programs focused on presentation skills, professional development, decision making, and health and wellness. They will also participate in a career expo.

The sessions are designed to strengthen the students’ professional development. This program will also allow FBI mentors to gain a better understanding of the college student population to enhance their trust. It is a two-way learning experience centered around the FBI’s core values of leadership, respect, accountability, fairness, and compassion.

“It is my hope that the students who participate in the program can get a clear vision of what we do and what we stand for in the FBI,” said Dionia Jenkins, a Community Outreach Specialist. “I also hope the mentors will learn from the students to better understand how we can serve their population and how we can be a resource for them.”

This second year of the mentoring program comes on the heels of a successful program last year that resulted in 23 student “graduates.” In this initial cohort, students shared with their mentors how impactful the program was for them. They especially appreciated learning life skills (such as how to budget); having the opportunity to speak to victim specialists, special agents, and mental health counselors; and strengthening their professional skills such as interview techniques and resume writing. The Bureau has benefited from the program as well: one student joined the FBI Honors Internship Program, and another student is in background for a permanent position.

FBI Columbia kicked off the second year of a mentoring program for students at South Carolina colleges and universities.

A special agents talks to students at an outreach event in September.

Columbia’s mentoring program supports the FBI’s Beacon Project. The FBI launched the Beacon Project in 2021 to foster a genuine, long-lasting relationships between underrepresented communities and the FBI. Because of that success and positive feedback, the FBI expanded this year’s mentoring program to include new schools.

This year’s participating schools include Newberry College, Claflin University, Coastal Carolina University, Coker University, Morris College, Benedict College, and Bob Jones University. Interested students had to navigate a competitive selection process. More than 100 sophomores and juniors applied to fill the 25 available slots. They had to show a minimum GPA of 2.8 and had to submit an essay explaining how they would benefit from having a mentor.

“The skills that the students will learn will help in their personal and professional development, whether they choose to pursue a career in the FBI or another profession,” said Community Outreach Specialist Chiquanda Tillie.

Students will be recognized next spring for their participation upon completion of the mentoring program.

For more information about the FBI’s Community Outreach work, go to

“It is my hope that the students who participate in the program can get a clear vision of what we do and what we stand for in the FBI.”

Dionia Jenkins, Community Outreach Specialist, FBI Columbia

Society of Former Special Agents Chapter Chairs Visit FBI Academy

Leaders Attend New Agent Graduation and Meet With Director

 by Nancy Savage, Executive Director, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
(Adapted from the July-August 2023 edition of the Grapevine)

Society of Former Special Agents chapter chairs attend a New Agent graduation ceremony of the Basic Field Training Course at the FBI Academy. Pictured with Director Wray are, from left, Mike Johnston, John Andrews, David Cuthbertson, Mike Ruffner, Tom Linn-Lim, Director Wray, Bob Gibson, Cheryl Harper, Ernie Herbert, Marty Finn, and Nancy Savage

Pictured with Director Wray, center, are, from left, Mike Johnston, John Andrews, David Cuthbertson, Mike Ruffner, Tom Linn-Lim, Director Wray, Bob Gibson, Cheryl Harper, Ernie Herbert, Marty Finn, and Nancy Savage

The FBI had graciously extended an invitation once again to the Society to have Chapter Chairs attend a New Agent graduation ceremony of the Basic Field Training Course at the FBI Academy in June of this year at the expense of the FBI. The Chapter Chairs

to attend were selected based on location and size of Chapter diversity with nine Chapter Chairs attending, as well as Executive Director Nancy Savage.

After traveling the day before the event, our group met that evening for a welcome dinner in Stafford, VA, where the Chairs were honored by the presence of Supervisory Special Agents (SSAs) Amylynn Errera and Glen Booth, both Special Assistants to Executive Assistant Director (EAD) Timothy Dunham.

The Chairs were provided that night with a schedule of events that was entitled “Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI VIP Visit to the FBI Academy,” which set the theme and tone for the next day.

The next morning, an FBI bus arrived at the hotel and took the Chapter Chairs through the Quantico Marine Corps base and FBI security to the entrance of the FBI Academy. There, they were met by the Academy Special Event Team, including Section Chief Todd Bobe, Special Event Coordinator Joan Froehle, and SSAs Booth and Errera. They made a brief stop in the Lyceum where they were welcomed by EAD Dunham before traveling to the Academy auditorium with brief stops in the Academy library and the Hall of Honor. Froehle was an outstanding guide pointing out the significance of many items viewed.

Society of Former Special Agents chapter chairs watch defensive tactics training.

23-02 Session of the FBI Basic Field Training Course Graduation

Our group was seated up front in the auditorium just behind the 170 New Agent graduates, which were divided into four sections during training. The commencement program began with EAD Dunham calling the assemblage to order which included New Agent graduates, their family members, and Academy staff. The Colors were presented by the FBI Honor Guard. EAD Dunham provided moving opening remarks emphasizing the meaning of Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity, giving special recognition to our group of Society Chapter Chairs as VIP visitors.

Director Christopher Wray began by administering the oath of office to the class members and then provided remarks that included stressing the importance of teamwork, attention to detail, commitment, and service throughout their FBI careers.

The Director then individually presented the credentials to all the graduating Agents. The Society representatives all agreed that this graduation was the highlight of the day, seeing the eager, new graduates while reliving their own graduations so many years ago.

The Chapter Chairs recessed after the graduation to the cafeteria for lunch.

Society of Former Special Agents chapter chairs meet with Director Wray.

Director Wray meeting with the chapter chairs in the Lincoln Room at the Training Division in Quantico, Virginia.

Director Wray met with the group of chapter chairs and provided the following information:

  • He has never missed a class graduation.
  • The number of applicants for the special agent position remains strong. In response to media reporting, the Director was asked about whether standards for new agent hiring and training had been lowered.
  • Well below 3% of applicants are hired.
  • Classes are almost always filled to a 90% fill rate and above.
  • In 2019 the recruiting numbers tripled and remain consistently high.
  • This is the case for the FBI, despite law enforcement recruiting numbers are generally in decline, as are the recruiting numbers for the military.
  • The FBI’s budget for hiring agents has grown annually.
  • The Bureau is maintaining their employee numbers.

Broader Questions and Comments

  • The Director commented that the FBI has excellent relationships with state and local law enforcement. He noted that FBI task forces have grown in number and size. Despite law enforcement having staffing problems almost universally, the FBI task forces have maintained their local and state task force officers as the other departments want to continue their partnerships with the FBI.
  • The Director acknowledged that the FBI is on the receiving end of political fallout from Congress at times.
  • Another Chapter Chair thanked the Director for being one of the few government officials talking about the dangers from the influx of persons and drugs at the Southwest Border.

FBI Brand

  • The Director noted that the FBI brand is strong around the country. He pointed to the following markers that he relies on:
  • He is regularly told by Police Chiefs and Sheriffs across the country that the Bureau is better than ever.
  • The FBI is not getting bashed by judges, police chiefs, sheriffs and victims. Instead, the FBI is being praised by them.
  • Applicants to the FBI National Academy are more plentiful than ever.
  • Law enforcement agencies are coming to the FBI Ballistics Research Facility, at FBI Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal, to test their equipment as it is a state of the arts facility like none other in the country.

Communications, Perspective and Objectivity

  • The Director emphasized that the FBI follows the evidence wherever it leads and will not be deterred from doing the right thing in the right way.
  • The Director advised he prefers to stay out of the news but wants to showcase the work of the FBI. He makes sure to keep his comments focused. As a matter of perspective, the Director commented that different news organizations have different views, but the Director does not play either the left or the right of the political sphere.
  • The Director noted that the line between news and opinion is often being blurred.
  • Every major institution in the country is being attacked if someone disagrees with the outcome on a particular issue – pointing to the Supreme Court and recent controversial decisions as an example.
  • The institution was attacked rather than a legal challenge made. The FBI is no different in a country that is increasingly polarized.
  • He noted that every FBI Director has had to work through controversial times in their administration and today the country is very divided on a number of issues within the purview of the FBI.


  • The Director concluded by stating that rumors about our brand being ruined are egregiously overstated. Examples of the strength of the FBI brand are:
  • The new agents graduating today are extremely well qualified.
  • The perspective from our law enforcement partners that the Bureau is better than ever.
  • The Director noted that the FBI stays focused on the brand with stakeholders who matter the most, referencing judges as one example. If judges bash us, we have a problem. Judges don’t bash the FBI.
  • The Directors final comment was that if you go to a new Agent graduation and you don’t come out excited, you missed the point.


Basic Field Training Course 23-04 Graduated in October

Among the many statistics of the 143 new agents:BFTC critical skills chart

There were:

2 PhDs

6 JDs

63 Masters

72 Bachelors

They spoke 15 different languages and 18 were presented with their credentials from FBI family members or other law enforcement partners

IMD Hosts the Special Interest Migrant Summit in Tampa

Partnerships Are Crucial to Mitigation Efforts

In August 2023, the Information Management Division’s (IMD) Enterprise Vetting Center (EVC) hosted a three-day Special Interest Migrant (SIM) Summit at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida. The summit focused on three main themes: protecting the homeland through partnerships, staying ahead of the threat, and mitigation and national strategy discussions.

A SIM is an individual from a designated threat country entering the U.S. illegally either through or between ports of entry. The Summit brought nearly 200 participants across the law enforcement and intelligence communities together to collaborate, network, and share knowledge and expertise related to a wide range of SIM threats. 

IMD Acting Assistant Director Shannon Parry kicked off the summit saying, “The three main goals of the summit are to learn, network, and share information. We are not here to solve all of the issues related to the SIM threat; our focus this week is collaboration. We hope everyone leaves here with a better understanding of each agency’s role in the SIM process and how to leverage one another’s capabilities to fill in the gaps to make a bigger impact.”

IMD Acting Assistant Director Shannon Parry speaks at SIM Summit

Information Management Division Acting Assistant Director Shannon Parry kicked off the summit.

IMD’s EVC is the FBI’s principal vetting authority of SIMs and foreign nationals in defense of the homeland. The EVC provides vetting support to field offices and other government agencies for awareness and action.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encounters SIMS at or between ports of entry. In just the last five years, there has been a significant increase of SIMs encountered and vetted.

While the volume increase alone presents new challenges for agencies diligently working these types of threats, new obstacles are also emerging, including the pace of information, quicker travel, and better tradecraft. There is also no standardized process for mitigating SIM threats since each case is unique.

Although the SIM threat is mostly associated with the southern CONUS border, the SIM Summit also provided an opportunity to discuss and provide awareness of the SIM threat at the northern border.

Ottawa Assistant Legal Attaché Shea Dickenson shared, “I was happy to have been invited to provide a northern border perspective to the conference as IMD is looking into how the borders interact. We are becoming increasingly aware of how SIMs exploit both the U.S. and Canadian immigration systems to gain better access within North America.”

IMD Acting Assistant Director Shannon Parry speaks at SIM Summit

Ottawa Assistant Legal Attaché Shea Dickenson presenting to participants.

So how does the EVC and its partners mitigate the SIM threat? The answer is not a simple one. It requires collaboration, information sharing, and understanding the limitations and capabilities, as well as analysis, research, and clear communication. Miami field office’s Task Force Officer Andre Mercendetti added, “Partners are key, with honest and open communication along with sharing what we can in a timely manner.”

Several agencies brought awareness to the role they play in the SIM threat, such as the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removal process. After the CBP encounters a SIM, they interview them, send relevant information to the EVC for vetting, and then the SIM can be transferred to ICE for removal. The FBI’s High Value Detainee Interrogation Group discussed its role with interview support and techniques. The FBI’s Counterterrorism Division spoke on the importance of collaboration between the FBI and border agencies, and delivering comprehensive assessments to support managing and mitigating the SIM threat at the border.

EVC Section Chief Karl Schumann made a commitment to all attendees, “We do not have unlimited resources, but you have my promise to your respective areas of responsibilities, the EVC is here to help. If we are not helping, we are not doing our job.”

As the SIM Summit concluded, IMD’s A/AD Parry summed it up by saying, “It is clear we share unity in mission and a common understanding of both the challenges and opportunities along our borders. The SIM Summit provided a forum to share approaches, strengthen partnerships, and reaffirm our commitment to continue working together.”

In the end, the SIM Summit showcased one overarching theme: the importance of partnerships and information sharing.

“We are becoming increasingly aware of how SIMs exploit both the U.S. and Canadian immigration systems to gain better access within North America.”

Shea Dickenson, Assistant Legal Attaché, Ottawa

LEB Spotlight: FBI Law Enforcement Engagement Unit

Most officers are familiar with running a subject’s name through the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). However, not all of them know these systems are part of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. CJIS also provides other services and resources that can help agencies with identifications, investigative leads, nationwide information sharing, crime trend data, officer safety awareness training, and more.

To help criminal justice partners learn about and access these valuable services, CJIS established the Law Enforcement Engagement Unit (LEEU)

Learn more in the Law Enforcement Bulletin

Famous Cases

Beltway Snipers

At 3:19 in the morning on October 24, 2002, the FBI closed in on the snipers and their 1990 Chevy Caprice.

During the month, 10 people had been gunned down and three critically injured while going about their everyday lives. Among the victims was one of our own—FBI intelligence analyst Linda Franklin, who was felled by a single bullet while leaving a home improvement store in Virginia with her husband.

But now, the attacks—which had terrorized the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area—had finally come to an end. 


Protect Yourself

Former FBI Director William Webster's warning about elder fraud, issued in 2022, still holds true. "If it can happen to me," he says, "it can happen to you." DetailsMore about elder fraud

Be Prepared for a Disaster

As an older adult, you may have specific needs after a disaster. Use the information at to assess your needs and take simple, low-cost steps that help you get better prepared.

A Disaster Preparedness Guide provides easy-to-read, user-friendly worksheets that walk individuals and caregivers through a self-assessment to identify specific needs and checklists that create a personalized plan.  

Stay in the Loop

You can follow @FBI on X (Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date on the Bureau's latest news and stories. 

Twitter post about Disaster Victim Identification Squad

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