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Frank Figliuzzi

NBC News National Security Contributor

Former FBI Assistant Director

Frank Figliuzzi retired as the FBI’s Assistant Director for counterintelligence after 25 years as an FBI Special Agent. He held senior leadership positions in major American cities. Following his FBI career, Mr. Figliuzzi was a corporate security executive for General Electric, leading Investigations, Insider Threat, Workplace Violence Prevention, and Intelligence for GE’s 300,000 employees in 180 countries. He has been a national security contributor for NBC News for the past three years where he has appeared live over 1,000 times. He is author of a national bestselling book, THE FBI WAY. Frank also hosts the popular podcast “The Bureau with Frank Figliuzzi”. Mr. Figliuzzi has a sizeable social media presence including nearly 500K Twitter followers.

During Mr. Figliuzzi’s career, he was named the FBI's Chief Inspector by then director Robert Mueller, overseeing the most sensitive and complex internal inquiries and audits worldwide, including reviews of all use of lethal force by FBI agents. Previously, Mr. Figliuzzi was the head of a unit in the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility where he made disciplinary decisions involving employees found to have violated FBI policy. Mr. Figliuzzi was the head of the FBI’s Cleveland Division, and the second ranking official in the FBI’s Miami Division, the Bureau’s fifth largest office. Appointed an Assistant Director in 2010, Mr. Figliuzzi was based at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and directed all espionage investigations across the U.S. government. Mr. Figliuzzi frequently briefed the White House, Congress, and the Attorney General, and made numerous national media appearances. He was a certified intelligence officer under standards established by the Director of National Intelligence.

Frank is most noted for: Leading the FBI's efforts to counter economic espionage in Silicon Valley, California; Overseeing major financial crimes and public corruption investigations in Miami, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio; Serving as on-scene commander of the largest HAZMAT evidence recovery effort in FBI history at the Boca Raton, Florida site of the nation's first anthrax murder; and the resolution of the Toledo terror plot in Toledo, Ohio. Frank has been featured in documentaries and news shows explaining the FBI’s successful operation against 10 Russian sleeper agents in the U.S.

Mr. Figliuzzi earned a JD with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1987, and a BA degree from Fairfield University in 1984. He completed the Harvard University National Security Program for Senior Executives in Government, and he holds a certificate in Leading Strategic Change from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.