April 16, 2018: Paul Abbate was appointed as the Associate Deputy Director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, April 13, 2018. Abbate succeeds David Bowdich, who was appointed as the FBI Deputy Director by Wray on April 13, 2018. Abbate was most recently the FBI Executive Assistant Director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch since December, 2016. Abbate started his FBI career as a Special Agent in March, 1996, at the New York Field Office. In July, 2010, Abbate reported to the Los Angeles Field Office and worked as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Counterterrorism matters, overseeing the primary branch of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force. In December, 2003, Abbate transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters as a Supervisory Special Agent at the Iraq Unit, overseeing FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel deployments in Iraq. In August, 2011, Abbate again returned to the Counterterrorism Division, where he was a Section Chief. The FBI is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.