DEA PATCO Livestream 9/23/2019

September 23, 2019 posted by


>>>HOTLINE AND RIGHTS USER
PROCEDURES. MORE RECENTLY, SHE LED THE
DEPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OF E 2 SOLUTIONS,
DEA’S NEW ELECTRONIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A NUMBER OF de OFFICES. OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL IN THE
LAW SECTION. CRIMINAL LAW SECTION WHERE HE
PROVIDED COUNSEL ON ISSUES INCLUDING SEARCH AND SEIZURE,
INVESTIGATIVE AUTHORITIES, AND BEFORE JOINING DEA IN 2017, ERIC
SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE JAG KARPSS IN
THE TWO INSTA LATIONS. FORCE DRUG TESTING LABORATORY. INVESTIGATIVE TECHNOLOGY AS AN
INVESTIGATIVE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALISTS. AUDIO AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
TECHNOLOGY. OF EXPECT EXPERTISE INCLUDE
SURVEILLANCE ACCESSORIES, MOBILE PLATFORMS AND SURVEILLANCE ON
THE TICKS. THAT ALLOWS THE END USER TO DO
THEIR JOB SAFELY AND HE EFFICIENTLY IN ERADICATING DRUG
ORGANIZATIONS. CONGRESSIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
WHO’S STAFF IS MADE UP OF PROFESSIONAL
AND TODAY’S PANEL WILL SPEND THE
NEXT 30 MINUTES OR SO DISCUSSING THE OFFICES OF FINANCIAL
SYSTEMS, CHIEF COUNSEL, AND INVESTIGATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND HOW
THESE THREE BRANCHES OF DEA THAT
MOSTLY WORK BEHIND THE SCENES WORK
COLLABORATIVELY TO SUPPORT AND FURTHER THE MISSION OF DEA. OPEN THE FLOOR TO QUESTIONS FROM
BOTH THE IN-PERSON AUDIENCE AND THOSE WATCHING THE LIVE STREAM. PLEASE EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO
THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE DEA MUSEUM.ORG HOME PAGE. IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE EVERYBODY
HERE AGAIN FOR OUR LAST PANEL
DISCUSSION OF THE YEAR. THE FALL OF 2020 I THINK WHEN
THE NEW MUSEUM EXHIBITS OPEN AND THE AUDITORIUM IS ONCE AGAIN
OPEN FOR PROGRAMMING. ME BECAUSE WHILE WE’VE TALKED TO
THE FOUR CORE JOBS HERE AT DEA, THIS
PANEL REALLY REPRESENTS THE EVERYBODY
ELSE, SO THE POSITIONS THAT YOU FIND, ADMINISTRATIVE, TECHNICAL,
CLERICAL POSITIONS ARE INCREDIBLY DIVERSE. PRIVATE SECTOR, LIKE ATTORNEYS
AND ANALYSTS AND ACCOUNTANTS. HIGHLY SPECIFIC TO DEA, LIKE THE
AVIATION DIVISION OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES. THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG ABOUT
THESE DIVERSE KINDS OF CAREERS AND WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT SOME
FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT WHAT THE BROADER GROUP OF FOLKS DO AT
DEA AND ALSO SOME ADVICE AS WE GO ALONG ABOUT HOW PEOPLE WHO
MAY BE WATCHING THE LIVE STREAM AND ARE THINKING ABOUT A CAREER
AT DEA CAN FIND A PATHWAY IN THROUGH ONE OF
THESE PATCO POSITIONS. GOING TO ON THE FLOOR FOR
QUESTIONS. AND I’M GOING TO START, BECAUSE
I AM SO CONGRESSIONAL AND PUBLIC
AFFAIRS MISSION IS TO BRING THE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARENESS OF DEA OF CONTROLS
SUBSTANCES LAWS, REGULATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR
CONSEQUENCES TO CAPITOL HILL, TO THE MEDIA, TO THE GENERAL
PUBLIC. THE LINE INTERPRETS, COLLECTS,
AND EXHIBITS ARTIFACTS THAT ARE RELATED TO DEA, OUR PREDECESSOR AGENCIES,
TO DRUG POLICY AND ALSO TO DRUG EDUCATION. EXAMPLE OF HOW CONGRESSIONAL AND
PUBLIC AFFAIRS IS BRINGING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF DEA TO THE
WORLD.>>THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
DIVISION HAS A FEW DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS. FOR DEVELOPING ALL THE DEA’S
BUDGETS, THERE’S THE OFFICE OF
ACQUISITION, SO ALL THE THE PROCUREMENT AND
CONTRACTING ACTIVITIES ARE MANAGED BY THEM AT THE DEA AS
WELL AS PCS MOVES AND THINGS OF THE OFFICE OF FINANCE IS REALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING ALL
FINANCIAL — FINANCIAL OPERATIONS FROM
SUPPORTING ALL OF OUR FIELD FISCAL STAFF,
RUNNING OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, FINANCIAL REPORTING, SETTING
POLICY, INTERNAL AUDITING RUNS THE GAMETE. OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION
RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF OUR FACILITIES, PROPERTY, EQUIPMENT, RECORDS MANAGEMENT,
THAT SORT >>SO IT’S A COMPLICATED
OPERATION VERY FOCUSED ON DEA’S FINANCES IN ORDER.>>NOW, KIND OF ADMINISTRATIVE
— THAT’S AN ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTION FOR THE MOST PART. LARGELY ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTION
IN THE>>SURE, YEAH. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SIDE THAT
SUPPORT DANA AND HER TERM WORKING ON PROKURMT LAW ISSUES. WE HAVE REGULATORY LAW WHICH IS
UNIQUE TO DEA IN OUR FUNCTION UNDER THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT TO,
YOU KNOW, WORK WITH THE — AND DRAFT FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND
ALSO TO DEFEND THE DECISIONS FROM WE WERE TO REVOKE
SOMEONE’S REGISTRATION THEY WORK ON THAT SIDE. WHO PRIMARILY WORK WITH SPECIAL
AGENTS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPONENTS
WORKING ON ISSUES RELATING TO INVESTIGATIONS, KRALL CRIMINAL
LAW, SEARCH AND SEIZURE AND THE LAW
QUESTIONS THAT UP AS BRUCE WILL PROBABLY TALK ABOUT. POLICIES AND WE ADVISE
LEADERSHIP ON >>SO YOU ARE BRIDGING THE
ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE, THE OPERATIONAL SIDE, BUT I THINK,
CHRIS, YOU’RE FIND OF>>YES. TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORTS ALL DEA
WORLDWIDE WITH SPECIALIZED SECTIONS OF
TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE THE SPECIAL AGENT AND
THE TECHNICIANS IN THE FIELD DO THEIR EVERYDAY JOB. LEVEL AND KIND OF DRILLING DOWN. WE — WE’RE KIND OF LIKE THE FUN
SECTION.>>WITHIN THE OFFICE AND WE
FABRICATE, BUILD, CUSTOM CONCEALMENTS. AUDIO/VIDEO GADGETS AND
ACCESSORIES ALL THE WAY FROM SMALL LITTLE
DIME-SIZE SO WE GET REQUIREMENTS FROM THE
AGENT IN THE FIELD OR THE TECHNICIANS AND WE GO FORTH AND EITHER PROCURE OR
MANUFACTURE >>SO YOU ARE WORKING VERY
CLOSELY WITH OTHER EMPLOYEES AT DEA. HELP DESK IS ALSO IN A VERY
CUSTOMER SERVICE POSITION. WHAT IT IS THAT YOU’RE DOING
WITHIN YOUR>>SURE. SO OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL
THE FINANCIAL SYSTEMS THAT DEA NEEDS TO SO MAINLY THAT IS OUR UNIFIED
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OR UFMF THAT
IS USED BY ALL OF OUR STAFF WORLDWIDE. CUSTOMERS WHO ARE THE FISCAL
STAFF OUT THE ONES WHO ARE USING OUR SYSTEM EVERY DAY TO, YOU
KNOW RETURN PUT ALL THE FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS THAT ARE
NEEDED TO SUPPORT DEA’S OPERATIONS. TESTING THE SYSTEM, MAKING SURE
IT’S WE CAN BUILD IN RULES, SOME
RULES AND EDITS TO ENSURE THAT FINANCIALLY THINGS ARE BEING
DONE CORRECTLY. AND COMMUNICATE OUT TO THEM AS
THINGS THEY NEED TO KNOW. YOU, WE APPRECIATE THE USER
MANUALS AND ALSO THE GREAT WORK ON THE HELP DESK TOO.>>SURE, YEAH. THE DOMESTIC CRIMINAL LAW
SECTION, RECENTLY TRANSITIONED TO THE WE PRIMARILY PROVIDE ADVICE TO
ALL OUR THE FOLKS OUT IN THE FIELD WHEN
THEY NEED LEGAL SUPPORT WHETHER IT’S — USUALLY IT’S SORT OF THE
INTERSECTION OF CRIMINAL LAW AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES GENERALLY. THERE’S A LOT OF BEHIND THE
SCENES AGREEMENTS TO ENSURE THAT OUR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS, YOU
KNOW, GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH. AND THEN ALSO WE WORK ON
NONBINDING AGREEMENTS BETWEEN COUNTRIES AND OFFICES AND
OTHERWISE WE SORT OF — WE SIT IN THE ENFORCEMENT SIDE OF THE
HOUSE SO, AGAIN, IT’S PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON CRIMINAL LAW AND
ISSUES THAT ARE UNIQUE >>NOW, WE’VE HEARD IN THE INTRO
THAT YOU WERE AN ATTORNEY BEFORE YOU
CAME TO DEA, THAT’S THE PATHWAY. I GUESS HOW DID YOU GET INTO
J.A.G. IN THE FIRST PLACE AND HOW DID J.A.G. INITIALLY DID AN INTERNSHIP WITH
THE J.A.G. PUBLIC SERVICE WAS ALWAYS
IMPORTANT TO ME AND TOOK THAT OPPORTUNITY TO THEN APPLY TO
J.A.G. CORPS, WAS ACCEPTED WAS THERE
FOR THREE YEARS AND THEN A DEFENSE ATTORNEY. EXPERIENCE ISSUES WITH WORKING
WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND DOD LEADERSHIP ON WHAT ARE
CALLED STATUS OF FORCES ISSUES THAT GAVE SHE SOME EXPERIENCE IN
THE INTERNATIONAL SPHERE. COUNSEL TO THE AIR FORCE DRUG
TESTING LABORATORY AND DOD LEADERSHIP ON
PROGRAMATIC ISSUES AND POLICIES REGARDING DRUG POLICY GENERALLY. TRANSITION TO COME TO DEA. TWO YEARS AND I WAS LIKE, I GOT
LITTLE KIDS AND D.C.’S HOME, SO MAYBE WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT AND I WORK WITH AMAZING AND
TALENTED PEOPLE EVERY DAY AND REALLY,
REALLY DO>>DON’T YOU HAVE A LITTLE SENTENCE YOUR DURING COLLEGE I WORKED AS AN
LABORATORY STRIERNT CHEMISTRY TECHNICIAN
AND I DID THAT AFTER COLLEGE TOO.>>YOU FIND THAT HELPFUL TO HAVE
BOTH OF>>ABSOLUTELY. CRIMINAL LAW, RIGHT, AND WE’RE
TALKING ABOUT DRUGS. BACKGROUND HELPS ME TO
UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE NUANCE THAN
MAYBE SOMEBODY WHO’S ONLY DONE NOW, DANA, I KNOW THAT YOU
DIDN’T GO TO LAW SCHOOL BUT YOU HAVE YOU
COULD HAVE SO AFTER COLLEGE WHERE I DID
MAJOR IN GOVERNMENT AS ONE OF MY MAJORS, ALWAYS HAD AN INTEREST
IN PUBLIC SERVICE, I WENT TO WORK FOR AN I.T. COMPANY THAT
DEVELOPS THIS SOFTWARE UPON WHICH OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM IS
BASED SO THE IT LET ME KIND OF LEARN THAT SYSTEM FROM A KIND OF
THE GROUND UP, JUST TESTING SOFTWARE IS A GREAT
WAY TO LEARN IT IS TO TEST IT AND LEARN IT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. AND IN THE FINANCIAL WORLD. SUPPORTING DEPARTMENT AT JUSTICE
WHEN THEY DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO
REPLACE EVERY COMPONENT’S FINANCIAL SYSTEM WITH A UNIFIED
SYSTEM THAT WE WERE ALL GOING TO USE. FROM THE VARIOUS DOJ COMPONENTS
TO BE FIND WHAT THEIR BUSINESS PROCESSES WOULD LOOK LIKE. AND EVENTUALLY I GOT KNOW THE
REPS FROM THEY STRUCK ME AS DIFFERENT
RIGHT AWAY, JUST VERY SMART AND PASSIONATE AND DEDICATED AND
JUST REALLY CAN-DO ATTITUDE, WE’RE GOING TO GET IN DONE AND
GET IT DONE WELL. I GOT CALLED IN TO ASSIST WITH
DEA’S IMPLEMENTATION OF UFS ABOUT 2009
AND NEVER LEFT. I EVENTUALLY BECAME AN EMPLOYEE
AND WAS SILL WORKING IN THE SYSTEMS SECTION THERE’S CONSTANTLY CHANGING
FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS, SO ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, BUSY YOU MENTIONED E-2 IN THE INTRO
AND THE TRAVEL SYSTEM, SOMETHING THAT WE
GOT PULLED IN TO ASSIST WITH BECAUSE THEY NATURALLY TIE
TOGETHER.>>AND WHAT I FIND KIND OF
INTERESTING IS THAT THERE’S ALL THESE DIFFERENT PATHWAYS TO COME
IN. LIKE YOU MIGHT GET RECRUITED
INTO IT AND WHAT I — OR BECAUSE YOU HAD
A MILITARY BACKGROUND. MILITARY BACKGROUND, AND
INCLUDING BRUCE SO WHY DON’T YOU TELL US HOW YOU MY DAD WAS A RETIRED MARYLAND
STATE TROOPER. COUNTY POLICE OFFICER. OFFICER IN PRINCE WAYNE COUNTY
MYSELF. ELECTRONICS, HANDS-ON TYPE
ENVIRONMENT. AGENT THAT WAS BUILDING A NEW
HOME IN STAFFORD COUNTY. FORTH, HERE I AM 15 YEARS LATER.>>SO NEWER AN OFFICE — OR IN A
WORKSHOP AND YOU’RE BUILDING THINGS. GOING THROUGH THIS PANEL
DISCUSSION IS ABOUT HOW TECHNOLOGY HAS A PROFOUND INFLUENCE OR IMPACT ON HOW DEA
DOES ITS JOB. IS A TOOL WITH WHICH THE STAFF
DOES THEIR JOBS, OR BECAUSE THE
TECHNOLOGY IS A TOOL THAT PEOPLE ARE USING FOR
ILLICIT PURPOSES AND WE NEED TO BE KEEPING UP WITH THAT. THE OPERATIONAL TECHNOLOGY IS A
TOOL, BUT ALSO SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE AWARE OF >>YEAH. SUPPLIES ALL THE TECHNOLOGICAL
GADGETS THAT THE SPECIAL AGENT USES TO
ENHANCE THEIR CASES AND MISSIONS AND AND IT’S — IT’S EVER CHANGING
EVERY DAY BASED ON TECHNOLOGY THAT IS
BEING DEVELOPED, WHETHER IT’S BEING
CELLULAR OR THE INTERNET. OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT WE USE AS
WELL AS CELLULAR RIGHT NOW.>>WHEN I STARTED IN 2003, YES,
WE DID A LOT OF OUR STUFF VIA TELEPHONE LINES. IT’S THINGS LIKE THAT, YES.>>NOW WE HAVE, YOU KNOW,
BASICALLY SMALL COMPUTERS THAT ALLOW TO US DO WHAT >>AND SO WHAT ALSO STRIKES ME
IS THAT AS OUR TECHNOLOGY AT DEA HAS HAD TO EVOLVE TO MEET THE
DEMANDS OF THE JOB, THAT WE’RE ALSO PLAY CATCH-UP IN SOME
RESPECTS TO THE TECHNOLOGY THAT’S BEING USED BY EVERYBODY
ELSE IN THE REAL WORLD, INCLUDING US WHEN WE LEAVE. AS I DESCRIBED IT, IT’S LIKE WHY
WE HAVE A JOB, RIGHT, IS TO ADVISE ON
SOME OF SO A LOT OF THE LAWS THAT GOVERN
OUR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS WERE WRITTEN A AND, RIGHT, SO LAND LINES WERE
SORT OF WHAT WERE CONTEMPLATED BY DON CON GRESS AT THE TIME. ARE GENERALLY REACTIVE AND SO
THEY’RE SLOW TO REACT AND QUITE FRANKLY THEY CAN’T REACT FAST
ENOUGH IN TERMS OF LEGISLATION AND WHAT GOVERNS, YOU KNOW, THE
INTERSECTION OF CRIMINAL LAW SO THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS WHO
WITHIN OUR — ON OUR OPERATIONS SIDE
WHO ADVISE ON THOSE EXACT ISSUES IN TERMS OF WHERE’S THE LINE IN
TERMS OF POLICY, LAW, REGULATION BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, INTERESTS,
THE INVESTIGATIVE INTERESTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES AND PRIVACY
ISSUES>>AND IT’S EVER CHANGING AND WE HAVE TO >>AND THEN WITHIN DEA AS AN
AGENCY, WE HAVE TECHNOLOGY THAT HOPEFULLY IT HELPING US DO OUR
JOBS MORE EFFICIENTLY MY FIRST JOB OUT OF GRADUATE SCHOOL WE
WERE ACTUALLY USING THE THREE COLOR CARBONS TO WRITE THINGS DOWN. ARTIFACT THAT WE MIGHT LIKE TO
HAVE ON DISPLAY SOMEDAY FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON’T KNOW
WHAT THOSE ARE. THE TECHNOLOGY SAY HUGE PART OF
WHY >>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. 2009 WE IMMEDIATELY TRIED TO
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT THE TECHNOLOGY OFFERED, WHICH WAS,
YOU KNOW, GREATER THAN WHAT THE PREVIOUS FFS, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE
BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE, THAT SYSTEM WAS VERY KIND OF OLD
SCHOOL, UFMS ALLOWED US, FOR EXAMPLE, TO
INSTEAD OF PUSHING AS MUCH PAPER AS WE
USED TO, WE ENABLED PEOPLE TO SCAN THEIR
PAPER FORMS AND KEEP IT AS AN ELECTRONIC RECORD IN THE SYSTEM
AND HOPEFULLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF PAPER FILES WE NEED TO KEEP. FINANCE IS PURSUING AN
INITIATIVE TO HOPEFULLY AUTOMATE ALL OF OUR FORMS, TURN THEM INTO
FULL ELECTRONIC FORMS AND SO JUST TRYING TO KEEP US MOVING
FORWARD. HAS, YOU THOUGH, ELIMINATED ALL
OF THE PAPER THAT WE USED TO RELY UPON,
SIGNATURES, YOU KNOW, WE’RE TRYING TO >>YES, INTO THE 21st CENTURY
AND TO KEEP EVERYTHING ALSO VERY TRACKABLE. TALKING AND YOU SAID THAT IT
HELPS ELIMINATE MISTAKES WHEN PEOPLE ARE RETYPING THINGS TO
TAKE OUT THE RETYPING >>EXACTLY, RIGHT WHEN THE YOU
HAVE TO TAKE A PIECE OF PAPER THAT SOMEONE WROTE ON AND HAVE
TO REENTER IT, EVERY TIME THERE’S A CHANGE OF AN ENTRY
LIKE THAT AND YOU’RE ADDING POINTS OF ENTRY, YOU’RE GOING ADD THE OPPORTUNITY
FOR MISTAKES. THE EDITS AND CONTROLS WE CAN
BUILD INTO OUR SYSTEMS HOPEFULLY REDUCE MISTAKES AND ERRORS, YES. ONE OF THE BIG REASONS FOR THAT
IS BECAUSE WE’RE A FEDERAL AGENCY, FEDERAL ENTITY. AND I KNOW WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT
INTERACTIONS WITH IT. ABOUT APPROPRIATIONS LAW AND HOW
THAT >>I KNOW JUST ENOUGH ABOUT THAT
TO BE DANGEROUS BUT I’LL LEAVE OF THAT TO YOU, ERIC. SYSTEM AND WHAT WE TRY AND BUILD
INTO OUR SYSTEM IS LOTS OF — IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO BUILD IN
EDITS AND RULES BECAUSE WE DO NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE
UPHOLDING THE PRINCIPLES OF APPROPRIATIONS LAW THAT WE’RE
GUARDING AGAINST FRAUD, USE AND ABUSE, YOU KNOW. THEY NEED TO DO IN THE SYSTEM TO
SUPPORT THE MISSION, BUT WE ALSO DO HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES ABOUT WHAT
ARE APPROPRIATED DOLLARS AND HOW WE’RE BUT WE CAN ALSO BUILD THINGS
INTO THE SYSTEM WHICH IS HELPFUL FOR PEOPLE AND HELP CONTROL, HOW
THEY SPEND AND ENSURE WE’RE DOING IT AGAINST THE
LETTER OF THE LAW.>>I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING
YOU’RE ALSO TRYING TO DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY.>>YEAH. GROUP, ESPECIALLY ON THE
INTERNATIONAL SIDE OF THINGS. IN TROUBLE EXPORTING EQUIPMENT
OR USING EQUIPMENT INAPPROPRIATELY IN
THOSE FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT WE OPERATE IN. AND MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE WITHIN
THE CONFINES OF THE LAW. DEA IS OPERATING WITHIN FOREIGN
COUNTRIES AT THEIR INVITATION.>>YEAH, NO, ABSOLUTELY. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO, YOU KNOW,
OPERATE WITHIN THE LAW. eAT THE MICRO LEVEL YOU MIGHT
HAVE A CASE DISMISSED. BECAUSE IT WAS OBTAINED IN
VIOLATION OF SOMEONE’S RIGHTS. KNOW, YOU THINK ABOUT, LIKE,
WHAT WE, AS SOCIETY, ARE, WHAT WE AS AMERICANS ARE AND WHAT WE
BUILT AND LIKE THIS GREAT EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY. WE’VE AGREED THAT, YOU KNOW,
THAT WE ARE GOING OPERATE UNDER THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND
WE HAVE THE CONSTITUTION, RIGHT? WAS CREATED THAT TRIES TO
BALANCE THOSE CIVIL LIBERTIES, THOSE PRIVACY
INTERESTS AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, RIGHT, AND WHAT THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO. MAKE SURE THAT WE OPERATE WITHIN
THE BOUNDS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND STATUTES OF THE CASES AND
THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WE’VE AGREED AS A >>SO I’M GOING TO ASK YOU HAVE
TO BUILD WHY IS — HOW DOES OFFICE OF
CHIEF >>YEAH, IN A COUPLE DIFFERENT
WAYS. IN SOME SENSE OR CIVIL
LITIGATORS, THEY’RE DEFENDING THE DECISIONS
THAT THE AGENCY HAS MADE FOR THIS REASON OR THAT REASON. ON THE ENFORCEMENT SIDE IN
PARTICULAR. BECAUSE THERE’S, YOU KNOW, THERE
JUST SO WE HAVE TO COUNSEL AND WE
HAVE TO SAY, HEY, DECISIONMAKERS, HERE ARE THE,
YOU KNOW, THE TWO ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM AND YOU CAN CHOOSE, YOU
KNOW, IN THE MIDDLE AND YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL OF RISK. PROVIDE THAT CANDID ADVICE AND
BE ABLE TO RESEARCH AND LOOK INTO THE ISSUES AND >>I’M GOING TO GO RIGHT DOWN.>>WELL, EVERYONE NEEDS MONEY DO
THEIR JOBS, YOU KNOW, FOR ALL OF OUR OPERATIONS, OBVIOUSLY. THEY, YOU KNOW, IN FORMULATING
THEIR BUDGETS THEY’RE GETTING WHAT THEY NEED AND FOR US IN
FINANCE THAT AS THEY SPEND THAT MONEY THEY’RE ABLE TO DO THAT IN
A WAY THAT GETS THEM WHAT THEY NEED BUT ALSO SO THEY DON’T GET
IN TROUBLE EITHER, THAT THEY’RE FOLLOWING ALL THE RULES THAT
THEY NEED TO FOLLOW, YOU KNOW, FROM THE GAMETE OF — FROM YOU NEED TO
PING A EVERYTHING COSTS MONEY AND WE
ALLOW THE FISCAL STUFF, TOO, GIVE THEM WHAT THEY NEED SO THEY
CAN ENSURE THE AGENTS AND EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE AGENTS,
ALL OF THE DIFFERENT JOBS CAN HAVE WHAT THEY>>AND IT SOUNDS
LIKE ACCOUNTABILITY IS A BIG PIECE OF SUPPORTING THE MISSION
AS>>ABSOLUTELY. KNOW, THEY’RE STEWARDS OF OUR
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES. ARE — IT’S THE TAXPAYERS’
MONEY, IT’S NOT OUR MONEY, SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE
SAFEGUARDING IF APPROPRIATELY AND AGAINST FUNDING WITHIN THE
RULE OF LAW WHILE ALSO ENSURING EVERYONE HAS >>AND LAST, HOW ARE YOU
SUPPORTING >>WELL, LIKE I SAID, ON THE
AUDIO/VIDEO SIDE, LIKE I SAID, WE KIND OF TAKE A PRIDE IN THAT
WE HAVE ALL THE COOL GADGETS, BUT ALL OF THAT IN A WHOLE OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIVE
TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS BASICALLY EVERY PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY THAT ENHANCES THE SPECIAL AGENT’S
CASE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE OPERATION AND MISSION LEVEL ON A
DAILY BASIS.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>A COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS FOR
THE PANEL, BUT BEFORE I GIVE THE PANEL THEIR LAST QUESTIONS I
WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE WHO IS WATCHING THE LIVE STREAM THAT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL A
QUESTION TO BE ASKED, IF YOU COULD PLEASE EMAIL IT NOW TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE HOME
PAGE OF DEAMUSEUM.ORG AND WE WILL RECEIVE THAT AND THE
QUESTION WILL BE PASSED ON TO THE PANEL. FOR YOU ALL, AND WE’LL JUST GO
BACK DOWN WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR SOMEBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING
YOUR >>I WOULD SAY START EARLY. PROGRAMS IS A BIG WAY TO DO
THIS. BUILDING PROJECTS WITH YOUR
HANDS. YOU KNOW, MAKE SURE IT’S
RELEVANT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, LEGAL, YOU KNOW,
COUNTY, DEA HAS VERY MANY BACKGROUNDS. JUST HAVE FUN, THINK OUTSIDE THE
BOX AND>>MAKE IT YOURS, SURE.>>SIMILAR, I THINK, YOU KNOW,
AS FAR AS A DEGREE, I MEAN, IT COULD RUN A GAMETE BUT OBVIOUSLY
FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, INFORMATION SYSTEMS ARE MOST RELEVANT. YOU KNOW, ANYTHING BUSINESS OR
GOVERNMENT RELATED CERTAINLY IT RELATES. JOB EXPERIENCE YOU’RE HONING, I
AGREE, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. KNOW, DO ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM
SOLVE ARE HUGE COMPONENTS OF WHAT WE DO AND JUST TRYING TO
THINK OF BETTER AND UNIQUE WAYS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.>>SO OBVIOUSLY GOING TO LAW
SCHOOL PROBABLY STEP ONE AFTER COLLEGE. SO OUR — THE FOLKS THAT WORK ON
THE CIVIL LITIGATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW THEY COME FROM PRIVATE PRACTICE,
THEY COME FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THOSE ARE SORT OF
THE VERY TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS, RIGHT? COULD DO THAT FOR DEA, FBI,
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. SIDE IT’S A LITTLE BIT
DIFFERENT. BACKGROUND AS A STATE OR FEDERAL
PROSECUTORS OR J.A.G. s AND MY BIG ADVICE I GUESS FOR
ANYONE LOOKING TO COME INTO THIS CAREER FIELD THAT WAS ADVICE THAT WAS GIVEN
TO ME A LONG TIME AGO. PEOPLE THAT ARE EAGER TO BE
HERE, THAT WANT TO LEARN BUT ALSO HAVE SORT OF THE REQUISITE EXPERIENCE TO ISSUE
SPOT AND PROVIDE COUNSEL. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD TEAM, IT’S A
FORCE MULTIPLIER. TAKE A DETOUR IF YOU NEED TO IF
IT SEEMS INTERESTING AND YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT >>AND I THINK JUST TO BUILD IN
A DIVISION THAT TALKS TO THE PUBLIC THAT IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE
EXPERIENCE TALKING TO THE PUBLIC AND TO HAVE A BACKGROUND THAT’S
APPLICABLE TO WHAT THE JOB IS THAT YOU’RE APPLYING FOR. MAYBE NOT RIGHT NOW, BUT IT’S
NOT A BAD IDEA IS TO START LOOKING AT JOB
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SEE WHERE YOUR GAPS ARE AND WHAT SKILLS YOU
NEED TO PICK UP BEFORE YOU APPLY AND THEN GO OUT AND GET THEM. GOING TO NOW TURN IT OVER TO THE
AUDIENCE. PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND AND LOOK
TO THE MICROPHONES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AUDITORIUM AND I’M
GOING TO ASK YOU TO USE THE MICROPHONES BECAUSE THE FOLKS WHO ARE WATCHING THE LIVE STREAM
WILL WANT TO HEAR YOUR QUESTION.>>GREAT.>>WHO DOES THAT WANT TO GO TO?
>>EVERYBODY.>>I’LL GO FIRST.>>INTERACTION BETWEEN JUST
ABOUT EVERYBODY WITHIN OUR AGENCY FROM THE SPECIAL AGENT AND WHAT HE’S
DOING TO, YOU KNOW, THE NEW STUDENTS THAT ARE JUST SO THE INTERACTION BETWEEN
EVERYBODY WOULD PROBABLY BE THE BEST THING I LIKE >>THAT’S WHY HE WAS VOLUNTEERED
TO COME HERE IS BECAUSE HE INTERACTS
WELL WITH US. OTHERS DO THEIR JOBS BETTER OR
FIGURING OUT BETTER WAYS TO MAKE THEM
MORE PRODUCTIVE, MAKE THEIR LIFE EASIER WITH THEIR JOBS. DO SOMETHING OR IN HOW WE
COMMUNICATE IT OUT, I’VE DONE TRAINING, ALL THOSE THINGS I THINK SORT OF
CONTRIBUTE TO JUST ENABLING OTHERS TO BE BETTER, >>YEAH, FOR ME IT’S PROBABLY
THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO SERVE. KNOW, IT’S — EVERYONE HAS GOOD
AND BAD WHETHER YOU WORK IN A BIG LAW
FIRM OR YOU WORK FOR A FEDERAL AGENCY, THERE’S BUT AT THE END
OF THE DAY YOU KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH AND THE
MISSION AND THE AGENCY YOU WORK FOR IS DEDICATED TO PRESERVING, YOU KNOW, THE
HEALTH AND THAT’S — THAT’S IT FOR ME. NIGHT KNOWING THAT I WORKED HARD
AND IT MAY NOT HAVE WORKED OUT THAT DAY, MIGHT HAVE BEEN TOUGH,
BUT TEND OF THE DAY YOU KNOW YOU’RE CONTRIBUTING TO SOMETHING>>I FEEL LIKE WE’VE ALL TOUCHED
ON I MEAN, THE PEOPLE WE’VE ALL
THINK THIS ABOUT — OUR OFFICES ARE JUST FULL OF REALLY
HARD-WORKING, DEDICATED PEOPLE WHO I COULDN’T DO WHAT I DID DOH
IF I DIDN’T HAVE THEM THERE SUPPORTING ME. WITH AND FOR SURE IT’S JUST —
I’VE WORKED AT A FEW DIFFERENT AGENCIES IN MY CAREER AND DEA,
FOR ME, IS — STANDS OUT AS FAR AS, YOU KNOW, JUST THE PEOPLE
YOU’RE WITH AND THEIR DEDICATION TO SO IT MAKES IT FUN TO COME TO
WORK EVERY DAY. KNOW, YOUR SPECIFIC JOB, LIKE
DANA SAID, TO HELP OTHERS. FACE AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN
IT ALL COMES TOGETHER AND IT WORKS. AUDIENCE? SOME KIND OF FUN, COOL TOOLS
THAT YOU USE AND YOU MENTIONED CLOTHING. EXPAND ON WHAT YOUR FAVORITE
THINGS ARE AND MAYBE WHAT THEY WERE WITHOUT GIVING >>SO WE DO ALL KINDS OF COOL
THINGS WITH — WITH CLOTHING AND
BACKPACKS AND SO WE’LL ACTUALLY GET THOSE FROM
THE FIELD AGENT OR THE TECHNICIANS
AND WE’LL CUSTOM FABRICATE THOSE. THAT HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN THROUGH
AND EVEN ABOUT MYSELF A LITTLE BIT DEEP, SO TO BRING THAT IN AND DO
SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS PRETTY COOL. ANALYSTS, RIGHT? ANY OTHER QUESTIONS IN THE SHE’S GOING TO CHECK THE
INTERNET NOW TOO. WELL, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU
FOR COMING TODAY TO SUPPORT YOUR TEAM AND ESPECIALLY BECAUSE YOU ALL
HAVE ENDED OUR SERIES REALLY, REALLY WONDERFULLY ON A REAL
HIGH NOTE.AND SO WELL.TO US. THIS PANEL DISCUSSION WILL BE
AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET TODAY SO YOU CAN WATCH IT VIA THE MUSEUM’S WEB PAGE AT
DEAMUSEUM.ORG AND THEN ON INTO THE FUTURE. WE’RE GOING TO BE EXCITED TO SEE
ALL OF YOU AT OUR OPENING AS WELL.

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