Director Robert S. Mueller, III has appointed Christopher M. Piehota as the special agent in charge of the Buffalo Division. He most recently served as the deputy director for operations at the Terrorist Screening Center.
Mr. Piehota started his career as a special agent in 1995 in the Newark Field Office, where he worked in the international terrorism, domestic terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction programs. In 2002, he was promoted to FBI Headquarters and assigned to the Counterterrorism Division as a program manager for the International Terrorism Operations Section I, which provides oversight for terrorism investigations in the continental United States. Mr. Piehota became unit chief within the Terrorism Reports and Requirements Section in 2003. In this role, he managed the collection and dissemination of FBI intelligence for the U.S. intelligence community.
In 2005, Mr. Piehota was selected as a counterintelligence program squad supervisor at the Washington Field Office (WFO). He became an assistant special agent in charge at WFO in 2007 and provided program oversight for the Northern Virginia Resident Agency and the security operations and technical services branches. These branches support the field office’s counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal divisions’ technical operations and activities. In 2010, Mr. Piehota joined the Terrorist Screening Center.
Mr. Piehota holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University and a master’s degree in human resource management from Seton Hall University. He has a doctorate in human performance improvement from Capella University.