James F. Sloan

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James F. Sloan (February 27, 1947 – June 24, 2009)[1] is a past Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations (CG-2) for the United States Coast Guard and head of Coast Guard Intelligence, having served in this capacity from 17 November 2003 to 27 February 2009. He was responsible for directing, coordinating, and overseeing intelligence and investigative operations and activities that support all U.S. Coast Guard mission objectives, the National Strategy for Homeland Security, and National Security objectives.


Before assuming the role of head of Coast Guard Intelligence, James Sloan was the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) from April 12, 1999. The United States Department of the Treasury designated FinCEN as one of the primary agencies to establish, oversee, and implement policies to prevent and detect money laundering and the financing of terrorism. James Sloan was responsible for working with the law enforcement and intelligence communities, foreign governments, and the financial and regulatory sectors to ensure effective coordination of the efforts to combat terror financing and of U.S. anti-money laundering initiatives.

He served with the United States Secret Service for 21 years, most recently as the agency's Deputy Assistant Director for Protective Operations. He was responsible for the management of the Service's protective mission, which includes the protection of the President of the United States; Vice President; and others; as well as the protection of major events of national interest. He was also the Senior Program Manager of the Secret Service's Anti-Terrorism programs and represented the Secret Service as a member of the National Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Security Group.

Mr. Sloan began his public service career in Union County, New Jersey in 1970. He served as a police officer and investigator for eight years prior to joining the Secret Service and being assigned to its New York City Field Office where he specialized in financial crime investigations. He held several investigative, protective, intelligence, and managerial positions, including as Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office and the Service's Office of Investigations; Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Office and the Office of Administration; as well as Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division.

He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969. In 2004, he was named Distinguished Graduate of the US Army Signal Officer Candidate School.

During 2001, Mr. Sloan served as Acting Under Secretary (Enforcement), Department of the Treasury, overseeing the operations of Treasury's law enforcement bureaus, including U.S. Customs Service; U.S. Secret Service; Office of Foreign Assets Control; Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms; and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Mr. Sloan received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Kean University of New Jersey and he is a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Security Affairs Support Association (SASA).

Mr. Sloan received numerous achievement and performance awards throughout his law enforcement career, including, in September 2001, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award for his exceptional performance, dedication and commitment to the law enforcement community; and, in November 2003, the Treasury Medal in recognition of his leadership and service to the Department in support of the national effort to combat the financing of terrorism. Upon his retirement as the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations on 19 March 2009, Mr. Sloan was awarded the Coast Guard Commandant's Distinguished Career Service Award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Military Intelligence Corps' Knowlton Award, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the NGA Medallion for Excellence, the Edwin T. Layton Award, the USSS Director's Award, and the NSA Medallion for Excellence. In addition, FinCEN has honored Mr. Sloan with the creation of the James F. Sloan Award for Partnering.

Mr. Sloan died on 24 June 2009, after succumbing to the effects of Lou Gehrig's Disease at the age of 62.[2] Mr. Sloan is survived by his wife, Cynthia, an attorney, and their son, Owen.[3][4]


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