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Karen Tandy

Head of DEA (2003-2007)


Karen Tandy was the first female head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is also a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Prior to becoming DEA Administrator, Tandy was Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In her capacity as Associate Deputy Attorney General, she was responsible for oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Drug Intelligence Center, as well as responsible for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies.

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