executive office assistant

anonymous asked:

How can I make a fictional FBI more realistic? Anything you can tell me would help. Also, are there any fraternization rules in the FBI that would keep agents from dating (specifically between the leader of a team and a forensic psycholgist)? Do agents working together end up being friends or do they end up sick of each other by the end of their shift? What's the chain of command look like? Sorry for so many questions, I hope I'm not bothering or overwhelming you.

Well, the one thing every writer forgets about is the amount of paperwork it takes to do anything. There is research that needs to done, requests forms for more information, getting operations to be signed off by a supervisor, and after action reports. An agent probably spends more time in the office than they do in the field. And everything takes a lot of time to do. Research alone can take months and even a year if the case is complex. Also, there’s not always a fingerprint or DNA at a crime scene, and if there is one there isn’t always something to compare it with. More often than not, what is found at the crime scene is of little use. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has an article called As Seen on TV: Reality VS. Fantasy in Occupational Portrayals on the Small Screen that is quite informative.

The only fraternization rule I know is between Supervisor and Subordinate. According to the United States Office of Government Ethics: “The development of a romantic relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate employee creates the potential for partiality or the appearance of favoritism and is disruptive to the workplace. For this reason, Agency policy requires that the employees involved in the relationship report the development or existence of the relationship to the next-tier supervisor immediately. Failure to report the relationship may result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal. To avoid partiality or the appearance of partiality or a conflict of interest, one or both of the involved employees may be moved to a new location or position.  of partiality or a conflict of interest, one or both of the involved employees may be moved to a new location or position.”

If a partnership is short term, then the agents may become friends or keep it professional. And long-term partnership can vary, some partnerships are strictly professional and as such do not discuss family issues or even interact with their partner’s family very much. But there are some partnerships where you become family and is called Aunt/Uncle by your partner’s children. So, it depends on the relationship the two partners.

The FBI has functional branches and an Office of the Director branch, which has the most administrative offices. An executive assistant director manages each branch. And each branch is divided into offices and divisions, which are headed by an assistant director. The various divisions are then divided into sub-branches, which are led by deputy assistant directors. Within these sub-branches there are various sections headed by section chiefs. Section chiefs are ranked analogous to special agents in charge.

The are 6 functional branches of the FBI:

·         FBI Intelligence Branch

·         FBI National Security Branch

·         FBI Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch

·         FBI Science and Technology Branch

·         FBI Information and Technology Branch

·         FBI Human Resources Branch

The Office of the Director branch:

·         Immediate Office of the Director

·         Office of the Deputy Director

·         Office of the Associate Director

·         Office of Congressional Affairs

·         Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs

·         Office of the General Counsel

·         Office of Integrity and Compliance

·         Office of the Ombudsman

·         Office of Professional Responsibility

·         Office of Public Affairs

·         Inspection Division

·         Facilities and Logistics Services Division

·         Finance Division

·         Records Management Division

·         Resource Planning Office

·         Security Division

Rank Structure:

·         Field Agents

·         Probationary Agent

·         Special Agent

·         Senior Special Agent

·         Supervisory Special Agent

·         Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC)

·         Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC)

·         FBI Management

·         Deputy Assistant Director

·         Assistant Director

·         Associate Executive Assistant Director

·         Executive Assistant Director

·         Associate Deputy Director

·         Deputy Chief of Staff

·         Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the Director

·         Deputy Director

·         Director

Patrick Leigh Fermor (aka Paddy Fermor) adventurer, author, soldier and scholar - photographed by his wife Joan in Ithaca in 1946. Fermor was one of a number of Special Operations Executive officers posted to assist Crete in its resistance to German occupation.

He was described in a school report as, “a dangerous mixture of sophistication and recklessness.”


“How do you know my wife, Mr. Davenport?”

Madeleine turns sharply toward Kit, her eyes wide and panicky. She begins to speak, but Theodore doesn’t hear a word she says. As his gaze travels from the diamond on her left ring finger to the swelling in her obviously pregnant belly, all of the pieces suddenly seem to come together for him.

It’s not my baby, he thinks in a daze.

Theo’s chief of staff and long time friend, Andrew James, moves in quickly. He has only ever seen the governor lose his temper in public once before, and he wore the same look of wounded pride on his face that burns in his eyes now.

“Pridemore, how nice to see you again!” Drew exclaims as he grabs Kit’s hand and vigorously shakes hello. “I was hoping we’d bump into each other tonight. I’ve been wanting to talk to you about an upcoming job opening in the office.”

“The executive assistant position?” Kit pants excitedly, all other thoughts immediately vanishing from his mind.

“That’s the one!” he nods, and ushering him away Andrew manages to separate Madeleine and Theodore from the rest of the group.

“You’re married?” Theo’s voice pierces through the air like a torpedo.

“No!” she whispers. “I mean, yes. Sort of, but-”

“So you lied to me then?” he hisses.

“Of course not! Theo, I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. You don’t understand. We just-”

“Oh no, I understand perfectly. And to think, I actually cared about you.”

“Since when did you care about me?” Madeleine snaps. “Me or our baby?!”

Theodore’s eyes narrow into slits. “I want a paternity test.”

Maddie takes a step back, gasping as though struck by bullet. “You d-don’t believe me?” she stammers.

“Why should I? You’ve done nothing but lie to me, steal from me, and use me since the day we met.”

“And you’ve been such a saint? But you know what, fuck you. This baby doesn’t need you in its life, and neither do I.”

Theo pauses and studies her wet, tear stained face. “I want a paternity test,” he repeats again, carefully enunciating each syllable. “I need to know, Maddie, and I refuse to let this come back and bite me in the ass later. If it is mine…”

“Then what?” she spits at him angrily. “You made it perfectly clear before that you want nothing to do with me OR our child.”

“Then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he shrugs, his confident, nonchalant air concealing the true alarm he feels at the notion. But it can’t be, he silently assures himself as he watches Madeleine storm away.

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