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INS' Ziglar to resign

James Ziglar, commissioner of the troubled Immigration and Naturalization Service for a little more than a year, announced Aug. 16 that he will step down at the end of December.

Ziglar has been at the center of a storm over INS, which was already struggling before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks put it under a harsh spotlight.

Both Congress and Attorney General John Ashcroft developed plans to abolish the agency, but the plans are on hold while Congress decides whether to create the Homeland Security Department, which would probably absorb INS.

Under Ziglar's tenure, however, INS began modest reforms. The agency is ready to begin fingerprinting and photographing foreign visitors who are deemed a threat to U.S. security and is deploying an automated system for tracking foreign students in the United States.

FBI taps two

The FBI has appointed a new director for investigative technologies and a chief for the cybercrime section.

Thomas Richardson has been named assistant director of the Investigative Technologies Division. An FBI agent for 27 years, Richardson moves to the technology post after serving as acting deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division's Financial Crimes, Integrity in Government/Civil Rights, Operational Support and Administrative Branch.

Keith Lourdeau has been named chief of the cybercrime section, part of a new division created this year to improve the FBI's ability to investigate Internet and computer system crimes.

Lourdeau, a 16-year FBI veteran, most recently worked with the CIA to establish greater cooperation between the agency and the FBI in targeting international organized crime groups, according to the FBI.

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