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2022 Law Enforcement Conference Speakers
Deputy Director, FBI
Paul M. Abbate was named deputy director in February 2021. As deputy, he oversees all FBI domestic and international investigative and intelligence activities. Mr. Abbate began his FBI career in March 1996 as a special agent assigned to the New York Field Office, where he worked in the Criminal Division and served as a member of the SWAT Team. In December 2003, Mr. Abbate transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit, overseeing FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel deployments in Iraq. In October 2005, he deployed to Iraq, serving as senior FBI liaison officer to the U.S. Department of Defense and leading a group of FBI personnel conducting counterterrorism operations in-theater. From February 2006 to December 2009, Mr. Abbate served as a supervisory special agent within the Newark Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In February 2008, he deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as FBI deputy on-scene commander, leading FBI counterterrorism and personnel in-theater. In December 2009, Mr. Abbate returned to the Counterterrorism Division as assistant section chief, providing national-level oversight and guidance of all United States-based international terrorism investigations. During this time, he was a member of a team that received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service.
Director of U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Justice
On September 27, Ronald L. Davis was sworn in by U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland as the 12th Director of the United States Marshals Service following confirmation by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate. As the leader of America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, Mr. Davis leads more than 5,000 operational and administrative employees, spanning 94 federal judicial districts, 218 domestic offices, and four foreign field offices. He is responsible for federal judicial security, fugitive apprehension, witness security, asset forfeiture, and prisoner operations. “It is my great honor to lead the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service who work tirelessly and selflessly every day protecting America’s system of justice, our communities and the American people,” said Director Davis. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Davis served in the administration of President Barack Obama as the director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), where he was responsible for working with the over 16,000 local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States to advance community policing. In December 2014, then-President Obama appointed him to serve as the executive director of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing charged with developing concrete recommendations to improve community trust in the police while enhancing public safety.
Acting Assistant Section Chief, FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Mr. Todd C. Commodore has been with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division since 1995. Mr. Commodore is currently serving as Acting Assistant Section Chief of the Global Law Enforcement Support Section. Since June 2014, Mr. Commodore has served as the Unit Chief of NCIC Operations and Policy Unit and is responsible for the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) program. In this position, Mr. Commodore oversees the full range of the NCIC system to include management of national NCIC policy, NCIC systems access, coordination of the concept design, and development and implementation of enhancements to the NCIC system. Currently, Mr. Commodore is developing requirements for the next generation of the NCIC system.
Executive Director, National Targeting Center, CBP
Donald Conroy has served as the Executive Director of the National Targeting Center (NTC) within the Office of Field Operations (OFO) since January of 2020. As the Executive Director of the NTC, he is responsible for providing advance targeting, research, analysis, and counter-network coordination across numerous law enforcement, regulatory and intelligence agencies in support of the full range of U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP)mission sets. As the Executive Director, he provides the vision, resources and leadership and integrity oversight required for the NTC’s nearly 850 personnel tasked to sustain the highest level of performance in targeting operations in this $250 million enterprise
Chief Procurement Officer, DHS
Paul Courtney was appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) on August 15, 2021. In his capacity as the Senior Procurement Executive, Mr. Courtney is responsible for the management direction of the acquisition system of DHS, including implementation of the unique acquisition policies, regulations, and standards of the agency. He oversees the work of ten Heads of Contracting Activity that provide operational procurement services to DHS components, directorates, and offices. Mr. Courtney joined DHS as the agency’s Deputy CPO in June, 2019.
Acting Chief of Contracting, CBP
Director of Consulting, CGI Federal
Thomas Krall joined CGI Federal in January 2019 following a 22-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where as a senior manager at the FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., he conducted and managed some of the FBI’s most complex criminal and terrorism investigations in the New York and Washington Field Offices, the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. Thomas also served overseas in several capacities conducting terrorism investigations in Afghanistan, and as an Assistant Legal Attaché in Europe, he led transnational criminal cyber and money laundering investigations. At CGI Federal, he is part of a team developing solutions for public safety and law enforcement.
Director, Office of Special Intelligence, DEA
James W. Schrant is the Drug Enforcement Administration Deputy Assistant Administrator for Intelligence, Director of the Special Intelligence Division. Mr. Schrant portfolio includes transnational crime issues/coordination, DEA collection programs, direction of the Special Operations Division intelligence components, intelligence based targeting sections, data exploitation innovation and lawful access issues. Mr. Schrant was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and appointed as the Chief of DEA’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs on February 12, 2018. As the Division Chief, Mr. Schrant oversaw all of DEA’s Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Mr. Schrant previously served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Special Operations Division (SOD), Special Projects Section. In that role, he was a leader and driver in the SOD’s lawful access initiatives, served as the leadership liaison to the Intelligence Community and led development of innovative DEA interception techniques and communications solutions for the 21st century.
Section Chief, Cyber Criminal Section, FBI
Bryan has been employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent since 2002 and currently serves as the Section Chief for the FBI’s Cyber Criminal Section where he is responsible for the FBI’s investigations and operations against cyber criminal actors and threats. Prior to his current role, Bryan served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge over the Cleveland Field Office’s Cyber/White Collar Branch, Unit Chief over the FBI's Money Laundering and Bank Fraud unit, and as the FBI’s Detailee to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where he assisted both agencies in insider trading, market manipulation, and investment fraud matters. A Case Agent for nine years, his experience crosses over financial crimes, cyber, and virtual currency and he has initiated a number of private sector outreach efforts to better leverage the complementary knowledge of both. Prior to the FBI, Bryan worked as a consultant for Accenture and Deloitte and Touche.
Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, US Secret Service
In 2021, Mr. Smith was promoted to the Senior Executive Service (SES) position of Deputy Assistant Director within the Office of Investigations (INV) at Secret Service headquarters. In his current role, Mr. Smith oversees headquarters based investigative divisions and field based investigative operations. Mr. Smith serves on internal boards with enterprise level impact and is a key figure in engaging external audiences regarding the evolving investigative mission
Vice President, Civilian Business Development and Capture, Avantus Federal
Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, DHS
Andre Watson is currently the Assistant Director for National Security under Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the principal investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security. HSI investigates, disrupts, and dismantles transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States. Mr. Watson was previously detailed from HSI to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security(DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office to serve as the PrincipalDeputy Assistant Secretary from May 2018 to July 2020. The mission of the CWMD Office is to enable operational partners to prevent WMD use against the Homeland and promote readiness for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and health security threats.
Procurement Section Chief, FBI