Episode 228: Frank Figliuzzi – National Security, The FBI Way

Retired agent Frank Figliuzzi served 25 years in the FBI. He was the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Frank reviews the Bureau’s National Security Branch, its role in the U.S. intelligence community, and “The Seven C’s” of the FBI’s core values from his book, The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence.

Frank held senior FBI leadership positions in major American cities. His FBI career highlights include: 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. Frank directed an FBI internal disciplinary unit in the Office of Professional Responsibility and adjudicated allegations of serious misconduct against FBI personnel. Director Robert Mueller appointed him the FBI’s Chief Inspector, overseeing sensitive internal inquiries, shooting reviews, and performance audits.

As the Bureau’s head of Counterintelligence, Frank directed all espionage investigations across the U.S. government. Frank frequently briefed the White House, Congress, and the Attorney General.

Following his FBI career, Frank became a corporate security executive for a Fortune 10 company. Currently, he is a respected National Security Analyst, appearing weekly on live television for NBC and MSNBC news, and is a sought-after speaker, panelist and instructor on national security and leadership. You can learn more about Frank and his book at FrankFigliuzzi.com.

Update: As of May 2021, Frank is the host of the podcast, The Bureau, where he sits down with active-duty FBI personnel who reveal their mission, their cases, and their lives.

Special Agent (Retired)

Frank Figliuzzi

August 1987—August 2012









“This isn’t some spy game that takes place in novels and movies. The business you work at might have something our adversaries want, and if it walks out the door, you could lose your job.”—Retired Agent Frank Figliuzzi

The following are links to additional resources about the FBI’s National Security Branch and the Counter Intelligence program and cases:

FBI Website: National Security Branch

FBI Website: Intelligence Division

Los Angeles Times – 10/31/2011: Russian spies were succeeding, FBI official says

Episode 031: Mike Rochford – FBI Betrayal, Robert Hanssen

Podcast episodes featuring espionage and intelligence matters

Frank Figliuzzi is a national security contributor and regular columnist for NBC News and MSNBC.






Integrating intelligence and investigations makes the FBI uniquely situated to address threats and vulnerabilities across programs.












The “Seven C’s” of the FBI’s core values are Code, Conservancy, Clarity, Consequences, Compassion, Credibility, and Consistency. Purchase here.










As of May 2021, Frank is the host of the podcast, The Bureau.












Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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