The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence

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Oct 26 2023


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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. He has been a national security contributor for NBC News for over five years where he’s appeared on live television over 1,000 times. He is author of a national bestselling book, THE FBI WAY. 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.

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.



David Joanson is the executive director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania. He entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1998 and was assigned to the Philadelphia Division’s general white collar crime squad, where he was the case agent on some of the division’s most significant white collar investigations and successful prosecutions. In 2007, Joanson was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2010, he was promoted to the position of Supervisory Special Agent and Associate Division Counsel. In 2014, Joanson was promoted to the position of Chief Division Counsel for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI. The Philadelphia Division is the FBI’s 9th largest office with over 320 agents and 700 total employees. Joanson served as the Chief Ethics Officer for the FBI in Philadelphia and has attained a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance Certification. Joanson is an active member of the State Bar of California as well as the Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from California Western School of Law, San Diego, Calif., and his B.A. from Stony Brook University, N.Y.

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