Deputy Assistant Director for Forensic Services at ATF (SES)

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    Rick Holgate

    The position of Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of Forensic Services within the
    Office of Science and Technology at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) directs all activities of ATF’s
    Laboratories Services and Financial Investigative Services, which
    provide analytical examination of evidence and advisory services on
    matters of a scientific and forensic nature in support of ATF’s criminal
    and regulatory missions.

    ATF’s Laboratory Services Division includes three forensic laboratories which are staffed by more than 100
    personnel, including biologists, chemists, scientists, engineers,
    fingerprint specialists, firearm and tool mark examiners, document
    examiners and administrative support personnel. All of the ATF
    laboratories are accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory
    Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board. ATF also has a fire research
    laboratory – the only facility of its kind in the world – that provides
    the necessary facilities, equipment, and staff to work on important
    fire investigation issues in support of criminal investigations.
    Laboratory Services also oversees the National Integrated Ballistics
    Information Network (NIBIN) program.

    Financial Investigative Services has the responsibility to provide comprehensive financial
    investigative and forensic auditing and accounting services to the
    Bureau, in all program areas: arson, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, and
    firearms, which also includes large, complex investigations involving
    money laundering, illegal trafficking, and asset identification, seizure
    and forfeiture.

    The DAD serves as chief scientific and forensic advisor to the Bureau and works with the Assistant Director,
    Field Operations to provide the necessary technical expertise and
    assistance in ensuring the enforcement program is maximizing use of and
    impact from the forensic services. He or she directs the operations of
    the field to provide the maximum service while maintaining appropriate
    professional, technical, and quality standards and carrying out a
    program of research into new methods that will improve the services to
    the operating programs. The DAD plans and directs research
    programs supporting regulatory and criminal enforcement through the
    appropriate laboratory chiefs and program managers. New techniques from
    any of the forensic sciences and services must be continually evaluated
    to determine their applicability to the ATF program. He or she serves as
    liaison officer between the Bureau and the scientific and financial
    communities, including laboratories and technical officials of other
    agencies, colleges and universities, national and international
    scientific and technical societies and technical groups from

    See the full announcement here.

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