Head of FBI terror screening center leaves

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The head of the FBI-led interagency Terrorist Screening Center, Donna Bucella, is the latest in a string of senior-level departures from the bureau.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America announced last week that Bucella would join them in mid-October. In a statement the company said she would lead the bank's business-continuity planning and recovery efforts, both domestically and overseas.


Bucella will report to Doug Smith, the bank's corporate information security and business-continuity executive.

She "brings a unique set of skills to the bank, along with a broad background in continuity planning and implementation," Smith said. "We are pleased to have someone with her level of expertise and leadership skills in this critically important role."

Bucella is the second high-ranking FBI official to join the bank this year -- in May, they announced it had hired Chris Swecker, one of the bureau's three assistant directors, to be head of corporate security.

Bucella, a former litigator with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Army, previously worked as a director at the Transportation Security Administration with oversight of security operations at 80 southeast U.S. airports. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1978, and obtained her law degree at the University of Miami in 1983.


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