James Byrne – Lockheed Counterintelligence Expert Is New VA General Counsel

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James Byrne VA General Counsel

The selection of James Byrne, former Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Lockheed Martin, flew under the radar and did not even get a VA press release.

I am embarrassed to admit I did not notice Byrne’s confirmation, and many advocates on Capitol Hill and within VA failed to notice, either. In August, the Senate confirmed Byrne as the next General Counsel to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD.

Does Byrne’s lack of fanfare signify a lackluster career?

Certainly not, and his expertise in counterintelligence should raise some eyebrows including those of agency whistleblowers. Maybe that explains why there’s been little talk about it.

Would Byrne use that expertise to root out criminals within the ranks or will he use it to shut down whistleblowers leaking information?

Only time will tell, but it looks likely he will have his thumb on someone given how much of a pay cut he took to take the job as general counsel.

Either way, the future at VA stands to get interesting with his selection. But here is a hint. Rumor has it, Byrne is a fan of firing employees quickly with or without legal justification.

He is a ‘Fire From The Hip’ kind of guy.

James Byrne VA.gov Biography

James Byrne background from VA.gov:

As General Counsel, Mr. Byrne leads a nationwide team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff who support the mission and priorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing sound legal expertise, representation, and as needed, critical problem-solving skills and risk-management advice to the Secretary and other senior VA leaders. As the Department’s in-house law office, the Office of General Counsel serves as a full business partner to VA leaders and ensures the just and faithful execution of the laws, regulations, and policies that the Secretary has responsibility for administering, thereby enabling the Department to accomplish its mission of service to our Nation’s Veterans.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Byrne served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation where he was also the company’s lead cyber and counterintelligence attorney. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Byrne served as the career Senior Executive Service Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel, and both General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Mr. Byrne has over 20 years of experience in the public sector, including service as a deployed Marine Infantry Officer and a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) international narcotics prosecutor. He volunteered for the past ten years on the Executive Board of Give an Hour, a non-profit organization that has developed national networks of volunteer professionals capable of providing complimentary and confidential mental health services in response to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of post-9/11 veterans, servicemembers and their families.

Mr. Byrne is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received an engineering degree and ultimately held the top leadership position of Brigade Commander. He earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida and started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Career Chronology

Date Description
Present General Counsel
2010 – 2017 Associate General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
2008 – 2010 Director, Ethics and Business Conduct, Lockheed Martin Corporation
2007 – 2008 Deputy Special Counsel, Office of the United States Special Counsel
2005 – 2007 Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR)
2004 – 2005 Officer in Charge, Marine Liaison, U.S. Marine Corps
Military Assistant to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense
Instructor, Law of War, ROE, Detention Ops, U.S. Marine Corps
2002 – 2004 Assistant General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, American National Red Cross
1997 – 2002 Trial Attorney, Narcotic & Dangerous Drug Section, United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division
1995 – 1997 Federal Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
1987 – 2007 Officer, U.S. Marine Corps

 

Education

Date Description
Present General Counsel
1995 Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL
1987 Bachelor of Science, Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

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Wheresstupid
Wheresstupid

Maybe good news, semperfi at best who knows. I’ve only known very little marines who were apart of chaos on job. Marines were the icing on the cake for me after the navy marine like leadership I progressed on before I went to a marine squadron. I wish him well, make us proud and able to speak up on wrongs, and if so happens to be rights, without constant abuse or harassment. I hope and wish you well.

Wheresstupid
Wheresstupid

PS Please don’t forget your expertise in cyber security. It’s rampant in VA especially if one has spoken. Semperfi and best wishes.

Wheresstupid
Wheresstupid

One more mention assault on veterans seem appropriate when they speak up. And it never ceases no matter how much time has passed.

Frank
Frank
US Naval Academy Honor Concept: The Naval Academy holds itself to high standards of honor, expressed in our honor concept: Midshipmen are persons of integrity: They stand for that which is right. They tell the truth and ensure that the truth is known. They do not lie. They embrace fairness in all actions. They ensure that work submitted as their own is their own, and that assistance received from any source is authorized and properly documented. They do not cheat.… Read more »
Wheresstupid
Wheresstupid

Just one more mention, I have seen limited amount of marines influenced by chaotically persons. Heads up sir you will be surrounded by feed the frenzy. As the VA says this is not sentara it’s the VA. I only perceived that to be fuk off. We will do as we please, and they proved that beyond a reasonable doubt.

Wheresstupid
Wheresstupid
It was the Marine Commander that came to visit me in hospital after removal of right thyroid, which turned out to be small carcinoma. He asked did my division O come I said no. Then he saw a janitor yelling in room where a brain cancer surgery was recovering and he yelled at him, this is a hospital etc. He was the best I ever served under, even after he called me a ham for refusing to take my E6… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
“[…Would Byrne use that expertise to root out criminals within the ranks or will he use it to shut down whistleblowers leaking information?…]” Okay, call me highly skeptical, but every bit of Byrne’s vitae reads like titanium bolted-down new deckchair on the V.A. Titanic. I will assume watch and also assume we are all still royally fucked until further notice. Please prove me wrong Mr. Byrne but someone with your Counterintelligence background is NOT there for Veteran’s backs…it’s the VA’s…and… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Fortune Cookie for James Byrne, VA Chief Counsel: Foxes guarding henhouses forget what chicken tastes like.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
James Byrne “…was confimed in August. “He is a ‘Fire From The Hip’ kind of guy.” So, to recap two incidents from last Ben’s Blog. Both occurring on Mr. Byrne’s watch. A “…manager is demoted for posting a video…” and another “…manager is counciled…” for committing fraud, waste and abuse. Which is a criminal offense! Remember those two recent articles?! Now, IF Mr Byrne was interested in doing “…the right thing…”! Don’t y’all believe he’d have FIRED the manager who… Read more »
Dennis
Dennis
“Would Byrne use that expertise to root out criminals within the ranks or will he use it to shut down whistleblowers leaking information?” nope. It is not the same cat. VA itself engages actively in counter-intelligence. This is the function of the PR folks – to take the “known” facts and obscure/obfuscate those facts until they have no informational integrity or value. VA is VERY adept at counter-intelligence operations and it is unlikely even a single person outside of VA… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Disciple of the church of partially cooked chicken. Can I get a tax exemption? I’ve choked my share amount of chickens over the decades. No eggs left behind.

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

why does the VA need big guns like that. Common sense and a fair approach to things would suffice in most situations in my opinion

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Three articles out from “military.com/daily news”. Here they are! 1.) Titled; “Democrats Want to Help Deported Vets Get VA Care” 11 Oct. 2017 Stars and Stripes | by Nikki Wentling There’s one BIG problem these reprobate DemoKKKrats have forgotten. When a veteran is convicted of a crime, and have been deported, no matter if they’re citizens or not, ALL VA benefits cease, including healthcare and compensations! That’s the law! [These veterans were deported due to their criminal activities!] ________________ 2.)… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
Off Topic – – – Flu season is rapidly coming upon us. Please review the risks and benefits of getting a vaccine. It has been reported, that this year there will be much more people getting the flu. Remember, it takes a couple of weeks for your body to produce antibody’s against the flu virus. Plus, if your close to or over 65, and / or you have medical issues that challenge your immune system, again review the risks and… Read more »
sepp dietrich
sepp dietrich

recommending to check with your doctor about the flu shot. haha. you’re advertising for flu shot now? that’s sweet. little mercury nevah gonna hurt, eh, nutter? bless your heart. i think double dose flue shot is good for many.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

I’m not recommending the flu shot; but to discuss getting one with your PCP. Everyone is different per health conditions. And, as I forgot to mention, to ask your Physician if the vaccine has mercury in it. As you forgot to mention, I also mentioned supplementation and USDA Flavonoid Database. No need to stretch things with confusion, your words. “I think double dose flue shot is good for many.” REALLY?

namnibor
namnibor

I used to gargle mercury as a kid from all the thermometers I could find and break…so I could gargle cool mercury…no neurological ill-effects here! 🙂

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Sure. That’s why were at where were at. Where are we at? – – – Nutter.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Yum, Yum, ….You first Nutter

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
OLDMARINE – – – As you know Oldmarine, there are more medically related tough calls when we will have to make when we’re older. Unless, one has the sources ($$$) to fully fund a COMPLETE naturopathic lifestyle. With today’s hardy strains of bacteria’s and viruses, plus the flourishing of these infectious microbes, and depending on the durability of their immune system, those that are approaching or in the elderly phase of their life, must be more diligent in weighing all… Read more »
Lem
Lem
Will he be gung ho for the vets or overkill in interdiction of malingering. Present office is on the overkill end. Has been a long time so veterans end up on the street and when they finally can’t cope any longer, take that finale exit. I’ll see how the GC’s office responds to my SF-95 reconsideration and my NOA at the CAVC. Think I’ll try to reopen Bray v Shinseki at the CAFC for the cerebral malaria veterans since they… Read more »
Lem
Lem

Hey, Guys. The GC is not the IG and has no control over the IG. He has to respond to the IG for the Secretary.

The GC fights veterans in Court far more than supporting firing of employees by the Secretary or other supervisory personnel.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Lem, please expand on abbreviations when posting. Would clear up a lot wonderings of what that is. I know, everyone can look it up online, but first sight has lasting memory impressions. Thanks bro. – – – Nutter.

Lem
Lem

GC= General Counsel. IG=Inspector General. NOA= Notice of Appeal
SF-95= Medical Malpractice claimed in U S District Court
CAVC= Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims
CAFC= Court of Appeals for Federal Claims. CAFC has jurisdiction for an appeal of a CAVC decision and to challenge the Title 38 Code of Federal Regualation (Veteran’s Affairs laws and regulations)

Does that help, Nutter

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Yep. Thanks Lem, appreciate it. – – – Nutter.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
I don’t know about anyone else, but I have found, that dealing with the VA in obtaining reasonable health care, and to continually speak out and fight to receive decent care, has caused me to spend a hell of a lot of time just with health concerns. I think the VA uses this tactic to hinder Veterans from completing filings for types of compensation. Its very frustrating, and has caused the PTSD symptoms that I’m experiencing to intensify. When I… Read more »
james gallegos

same here wait and see, legal advise. plead the fifth and admit to nothing. legal advise, should a veteran try and cause problems or complain about the care. claim they were disruptive and that will shut them up. no proof needed.

Lem
Lem

Coming from Lockheed, his job has been defined as limiting disability compensation so Lockheed can get more to the budget pie in government contracts. I think you can probably forget he was ever a marine. He’ll see every veteran claiming disability compensation of rehabilitation benefits as malingering. I’ll bet he is still drawing a Lockheed check laundered in some way or another. Probably like Cheney, A “golden parachute.”

Lem
Lem

Please notice the “lipstick on the pig” ad just above the comment box.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Here is an identifying and handy VA employee type database for your reference. Hope this helps. – – – Nutter.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Wow, just noticed that I forgot to post the link. Here it is;

“https://www.raid.com/en-us/bug-id#

91Veteran
91Veteran
I must be missing something. I don’t see in his past something that says counter Intel. Whether his tenure at VA will be for good or not should be known within the next few months. I have been burned before by thinking some people would be good at a position they have been put in, but I have to see the silver lining in this until proven different. With his background, perhaps he will be a no nonsense hardass that… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

To get a sense of the swamp creature Byrne replaces, do a search on Leigh Bradley, the previous OGC from Dec 2014 until she resigned, and prior to that she was also VA OGC from 1998-2001.

March Hare
March Hare
VA is a cesspool full of manipulated data, and anyone, anyone who works for the VA (upper management) and is not aware of that, or is aware of it and does nothing is incompetent and is not doing their job period. Just because he is a marine officer does not mean he has moral or ethical superiority to anybody. Of all people with the training this man has should know by now that manipulation of data is a VA trademark.… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

I missed something. Why not coming back? Why an abruptly departure? – – – Nutter.

TaB
TaB
I have a mixed response here… For one, IMO, the HR and legal teams in the VA desperately need someone with half a brain to lead them because look at the failed firings – either the VA is doing this intentionally (to fool the public into thinking they tried to get rid of bad apples when they really wanna keep bad employees because bad employees love to screw over veterans)… Or, Their attorneys and HR are seriously incompetent – just… Read more »
windguy
windguy

Mr. Privacy and Cyber intel? Sheeeet. He’s the guy who is going to legally bless Shulkin’s giving all of our medical data to Pig Pharma and Pig Med for data mining. Just sit back and watch the show folks. Of course, none of it will be for the benefit of veterans health. It will simply provide a mountain of free data. Follow the money. Always and forever, fogle den Gottverdammten geld

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Nominee Report | U.S. Office of Government Ethics; 5 C.F.R. part 2634 | Form Approved: OMB No. (3209-0001) (March 2014)
Executive Branch Personnel
Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e)
Filer’s Information
Byrne, James Michael
General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

“https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4056169/Byrne-James-Michael-final278.pdf”

Period covered from May 2016 until May 2017

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Ethics Agreement on file at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics

Filed June 30th, 2017

“https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4056110/Byrne-James-Michael-finalEA.pdf”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

His “J Thomas Burch” type non-profit where he is the Director.

“GIVE AN HOUR NONPROFIT CORPORATION”
MILITARY FAM FREE MENTAL H C CORP
10109 NIGHTINGALE ST, GAITHERSBURG, MD 20882-4036 | Tax-exempt since March 2006

ProPublica Non-Profit Explorer results for their 990 tax exempt filings.

“https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/611493378”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

IRS Form 990 filings for: 2014, 2015, 2016
2015
“https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/download-filing?path=2017_03_EO%2F61-1493378_990_201606.pdf

2014
“https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/download-filing?path=2016_02_EO%2F61-1493378_990_201506.pdf”

2013
“https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/download-filing?path=2014_12_EO%2F61-1493378_990_201406.pdf”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Simply put after review and consideration of Publically obtained documents it is clear that Jim Byrne actively employed as an agent of either DIA or CIA. His Non-Profit shows a remarkable skill set in money laundering and tax avoidance of over 30 million per year.

Truly an ethically, and morally, challenged type of individual.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

One thing that is very interesting to note in relationship to one of the articles cited by Crazy Elf today that directly relates to Jim Byrne.

“VA Abruptly Drops Plan to Suspend Ethics Law”

12 Oct. 2017
Associated Press | by Hope Yen

“This is about where VA employees can no longer profit from “for-profit colleges”!
They were told “No No”! I believe we said it wouldn’t last when Ben put a blog on it!”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

You see the Non-profit that is directed by Jim Byrne is “GIVE AN HOUR NONPROFIT CORPORATION” and they wash money for a For-Profit School name the University of Phoenix.

See:
“Free Mental Health Care For Veteran Students”
Military.com | 29 Aug 2017
“http://www.military.com/benefits/2017/08/29/u-of-phoenix-and-give-an-hour-partnership.html”

“Give an Hour (GAH) and University of Phoenix recently announced a new alliance that provides free, confidential mental health care and support to military-affiliated students, alumni and their loved ones.”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Now note that the agreement between his, “so called”, Non-Profit announced the agreement between the University of Phoenix and the Non-Profit August 29, 2017. By September 14, 2017 Jim Byrne published the request for changes to ethic rules so that VA Employees can profit from connections to For-Profit schools. He seems to see rules standing in the way of his making money need to be changed. The rule was created to prevent exactly what he had planned to do. He… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Bens Article on the Subject at:

“VA Proposes Employees Can Profit From For-Profit Colleges”
By Benjamin Krause – September 15, 2017
“http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/09/15/va-proposes-employees-can-profit-profit-colleges/”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

You also might want to Google the address listed on the IRS forms 990.

“GIVE AN HOUR NONPROFIT CORPORATION”
MILITARY FAM FREE MENTAL H C CORP
10109 NIGHTINGALE ST, GAITHERSBURG, MD 20882-4036 | Tax-exempt since March 2006

Just Google “10109 NIGHTINGALE ST, GAITHERSBURG, MD” which shows up in Google Street View as a nice little single family home in a residential area.

Devil Doc 2017
Devil Doc 2017

Thanks Seymore, for your sleuthing. He’s definitely DIA ,most Engineering graduates from the academy get recuited by them.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

All very interesting…..( FUCKING CROOKS )

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