FBI Special Agent, Congress observer to address legislators in ethics sessions

Speaking of the 2017 General Assembly, as I did elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought, legislators will be spending part of two days in ethics training as the session begins.

The 2017 Current Issues ethics sessions for members of the General Assembly will be on Wednesday and Thursday, January 4 and 5. The sessions will start at 9 a.m. on both days and will be in Room 154 of the Capitol Annex.

The guest speaker on Wednesday will be Amy S. Hess, the recently-appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ms. Hess has responsibility for all FBI personnel and operations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Ms. Hess started her career in 1991, and has worked in FBI offices in several U.S. cities, and at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She has investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations, and served as the on-scene commander of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan. Prior to taking charge in Louisville, Ms. Hess led the development and delivery of sophisticated technical capabilities in support of the FBI’s investigative and intelligence missions, and more recently, she headed up the Science and Technology Branch, with responsibility for the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions.

The guest speaker on Thursday will be Norm Ornstein, a long-time observer of Congress, and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic, a contributor to USA Today, and Founder and Director of the Campaign Finance Reform Working Group. Among the books he has written: The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas Mann; and the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Thomas Mann.

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