Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (formerly known as the Associate Director) is a senior United States government position in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The office is second in command to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If the director is absent or the position is vacant, the deputy director automatically takes on the additional title and role of acting director. The office is also the highest position attainable within the FBI without being appointed by the President of the United States. Responsibilities as deputy director include assisting the director and leading prominent investigations. All other FBI executives and special agents in charge report to the director through the deputy director. From 1978 to 1987, the position of deputy director was not filled due to William Hedgcock Webster's decision to divide the deputy's responsibility between three positions.

Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Incumbent
Paul Abbate

since February 1, 2021
Reports toDirector of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
AppointerDirector of the FBI
Inaugural holderClyde Tolson (BOI)
Formation1930 (as Associate Director)
DeputyAssociate Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Paul Abbate, former associate deputy director of the FBI, was named deputy director on February 1, 2021.

Deputy directorsEdit

No. Portrait Deputy director Term
Start End
1   Clyde Tolson 1930 May 2, 1972
2   Mark Felt May 3, 1972 June 22, 1973
3   James B. Adams June 22, 1973 February 5, 1978
4 April 6, 1978 May 11, 1979
5   Floyd I. Clarke May 11, 1979 July 19, 1993
6 David G. Binney February 1994 December 1994
Larry A. Potts February 1995 May 2, 1995
7 May 2, 1995 July 14, 1995
8 Weldon L. Kennedy August 8, 1995 February 1997
9 William J. Esposito February 28, 1997 September 30, 1997[1]
10   Thomas J. Pickard November 1, 1999 November 30, 2001[2]
11 Bruce J. Gebhardt 2002 2004
12   John S. Pistole October 1, 2004 May 17, 2010
13   Timothy P. Murphy July 8, 2010 August 31, 2011
14   Sean M. Joyce September 1, 2011 November 30, 2013
15   Mark F. Giuliano December 1, 2013 February 1, 2016
16   Andrew McCabe February 1, 2016[3] January 29, 2018[4]
17   David Bowdich January 30, 2018 February 1, 2021
18   Paul Abbate February 1, 2021 Incumbent

Fictional deputy directorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnston, David (September 11, 1997). "No. 2 Man at F.B.I., Important Manager, Retires This Month". Retrieved January 29, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  2. ^ "FBI Deputy Director Thomas J. Pickard Announces his Retirement" (Press release). FBI. Archived from the original on May 22, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
  3. ^ "Andrew G. McCabe Named Deputy Director of the FBI" (Press release). Federal Bureau of Investigation. January 29, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Pramuk, Jacob (January 29, 2018). "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, frequent target of Trump's ire, steps down: NBC News". Retrieved January 29, 2018.