Michael A. Christman has been named assistant director of the Prison Justice Data Companies (FBI) division
Director Christopher Wray has appointed Michael A. Christman as assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Department in West Virginia. Most recently, he was a special agent responsible for the Pittsburgh Field Office.
The CJIS division provides state-of-the-art tools and services to law enforcement agencies, partners in the national security and intelligence community, and the public.
Mr. Christman joined the FBI as a special agent in February 1992. He was a member of the Safe Streets Task Force in Salt Lake City, targeting violent gangs and Mexican drug trafficking organizations. He also investigated violent crimes and other criminal matters. Mr. Christman moved to the Cleveland Field Office in 1997, working on drug and terrorism cases.
In 2005 he was promoted to regulatory specialty agent and assigned to the criminal investigation department at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. In 2007, he moved to the Pittsburgh Field Office, overseeing violent crime, violent gang, drug and organized crime programs. He also headed the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force.
Mr. Christman was promoted to assistant special agent for crime, intelligence and administrative programs in Pittsburgh in 2014. In 2015 he was named director of cyber and intelligence programs in Pittsburgh. Two years later he was promoted to head of a cyber operations division at headquarters that directed all of the FBI’s cyber criminal investigations. He was also the chairman of the International Cyber Crimes Working Group.
In 2018, Mr. Christman was named assistant deputy director of the Operations Programs division of the CJIS division. He was named Special Agent for the Pittsburgh Field Office in 2020.
Prior to his appointment to the FBI, Mr. Christman worked for the Akron, Ohio District Attorney’s Office. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University and a doctorate in law from the University of Akron.