Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Article excerpt

I've wanted to be an FBI agent since I was six years old. My best friend's father was an agent. When I was in high school I called the FBI and asked how to get in and they told me to get an accounting degree. Even today our goal is to have 15% of new hires with accounting backgrounds. I worked for the FBI as a clerk and financial analyst while in college and left for a career in public accounting. One day I received a phone call recruiting me as a special agent. I was very, very fortunate. The FBI receives more than 50 applications for every position; we have 60,000 applicants in the pool at any given time.

I'd passed most of the CPA exam before I became an agent. There's something about the accounting profession--its value system, the integrity aspects of it--that appealed to me and still does. I'm very proud of the profession and honored to serve my country. Where else could a CPA be part of a team of over 30,000 extraordinary men and women committed to defending America from terrorists, spies and criminals?

Every day is an adventure for me. My team includes the assistant directors of the Criminal, Cyber Crimes, Training, Laboratory, Operational Technology, International Affairs and Law Enforcement Coordination divisions; the Critical Incidence Response Group, which includes SWAT, the Hostage Rescue Team, behavioral scientists and profilers; and Criminal Justice Information Services, the nationwide fingerprint and criminal history repository through which a police officer in a patrol car can run a name and get a response in 0. …

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