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Lisa O. Monaco Named Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to FBI Director Mueller

Washington, D.C. March 20, 2007
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FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, has appointed Lisa O. Monaco to be Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Director. Ms. Monaco, an experienced Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the District of Columbia, has served as Special Counsel to the Director since January 2006. As Special Counsel, Ms. Monaco has advised the Director on a wide range of legal and policy matters in the national security and criminal arenas.

Lisa’s record of achievement as both a criminal prosecutor and a legal and policy advisor in criminal and national security matters make her exceptionally well-suited for this position,” said Director Robert S. Mueller, III. “She has a record of achievement in public service and has played an important role during an important time for the FBI. I look forward to her continued contributions as Deputy Chief of Staff,” Mueller said.

As Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. Monaco will continue to spearhead priority projects, provide advice and counsel to the Director, and work closely with the Chief of Staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the Director’s Office.

From May 2004 to January 2006, Ms. Monaco served as a prosecutor on the Enron Task Force charged with investigating criminal violations in connection with the collapse of the Enron Corporation in 2001. She was co-lead trial counsel in the prosecution of five former executives of Enron Broadband Services, a business unit of Enron. Ms. Monaco received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest award, for her work as a prosecutor on the Enron Task Force.

Ms. Monaco has served as an AUSA since January 2001, trying numerous jury trials and arguing appellate cases before the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and D.C. Circuit. While at the United States Attorney’s Office she prosecuted violent crimes, drug offenses, fraud, and corruption cases. She received a Special Achievement Award each year during her tenure as an AUSA.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Monaco served as Counsel to the Attorney General from September 1998 to January 2001. In that position she provided advice and guidance to the Attorney General on national security, criminal enforcement, budget, and Congressional oversight matters. From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Monaco was Law Clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Monaco earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from Harvard University where she was awarded Magna Cum Laude honors in her field, American History and Literature. She earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Law School Roundtable.