As Director, Ms. Forman oversees the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, with more than 7,000 employees to include 5,500 Special Agents, 26 ICE Special Agent-in-Charge offices in major cities, and 178 other field offices throughout the United States. Ms. Forman is also responsible for the policy, planning, management and operations conducted under five major investigative program divisions within the Office of Investigations: National Security Investigations; Financial, Narcotics and Public Safety Investigations; Critical Infrastructure Protection and Fraud Investigations; Investigative Services; and Policy and Emergency Preparedness. She administers a budget of more than $1.4 billion.
Prior to assuming the position of Director of Investigations, Ms. Forman was the Deputy Assistant Director of the Financial Investigations Division of the ICE Office of Investigations. Her work in this position included responsibility for the ICE Cornerstone initiative. The Cornerstone methodology forms partnerships with the financial sector and law enforcement to identify the means and methods used by terrorists and other criminal organizations to exploit U.S. financial and trade systems.
Ms. Forman has over 28 years of law enforcement experience. Before joining ICE, she served in numerous positions with the U.S. Customs Service. During her career with U.S. Customs, she held numerous positions of authority, including Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the Money Laundering and Narcotics Unit in the Houston, Texas field office, and Division Director for Financial Investigations at U.S. Customs Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Forman is recognized by both the private and public sector as an authority in the field of terrorist financing and money laundering. She served as the Executive Director of Operation Green Quest, a highly successful U.S. Department of Treasury led, multi-agency task force that was established immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to address the threat of terrorist financing. In addition to her pioneering work in Operation Green Quest, Ms. Forman currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; the ASIS International Council on Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime; and as the Vice Chair for the World Customs Organization’s 28th Session of the Enforcement Committee.
Ms. Forman holds a Master of Science degree in management from National-Louis University, a Bachelor of Science degree from American University and has completed the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at Harvard University.
In 2006, Ms. Forman received the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for meritorious performance by a senior professional in federal service. She was also recognized that year with the 2006 Women In Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) President’s Award for her outstanding career in law enforcement. Ms. Forman is a 2007 recipient of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Silver Medal for her exemplary leadership and dedication in leading ICE’s enforcement efforts.