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Scot Rittenberg

Scot Rittenberg

Managing Director

Scot Rittenberg brings a wealth of experience to the Immigration and Border Services practice at Guidepost Solutions, with an additional focus on export controls and Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering consulting. Additionally, he concentrates his efforts on expanding the Guidepost Federal Practice.

Mr. Rittenberg served for more than 30 years as a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and the US Customs Service. He operated as the second in command of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). During his tenure, OPR created and implemented an expedited contractor preliminary clearance process for critical agency contracts; developed and implemented the agency’s Insider Threat Program that successfully identified individuals attempting to exploit both physical and logical access vulnerabilities; established a threat management process; and increased the success rate of timely and thorough misconduct investigations.

Mr. Rittenberg has extensive experience in border security, smuggling, intellectual property rights, national security matters, and transnational criminal organizations. His assignments included land borders, international airports, and seaports. He led multiple investigations into the smuggling of non-taxed cigarettes into the United States via cross-border Native American reservations, the smuggling of grey market export only cigarettes into the from Europe, as well as the distribution of counterfeit cigarettes. These investigations utilized multiple techniques including intelligence collection, undercover operations, and partnership with industry leaders.

Mr. Rittenberg held numerous key leadership positions within ICE and the US Customs Service including deputy associate director for OPR; division director of  OPR Investigations; Homeland Security Investigations; acting and deputy special agent-in-charge (SAC) of the Washington, DC, field office; acting and assistant special SAC of the Baltimore field office; chief of staff for the headquarters of Investigations; interim chief of the headquarters’ Contraband Smuggling Unit; and interim Treasury liaison for the US Customs Service.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, magna cum laude
  • Criminal Investigator Training Program, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, honor graduate

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun (VA)
  • Private Investigator (VA)
  • Compliance Agent (VA Department of Criminal Justice Services)

AFFILIATIONS

  • Senior Executive Association
  • Private Investigators Association of Virginia
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Society of International Affairs
  • NCR Security Forum
  • National Sheriffs Association

Scot Rittenberg brings a wealth of experience to the Immigration and Border Services practice at Guidepost Solutions, with an additional focus on export controls and Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering consulting. Additionally, he concentrates his efforts on expanding the Guidepost Federal Practice.

Mr. Rittenberg served for more than 30 years as a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and the US Customs Service. He operated as the second in command of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). During his tenure, OPR created and implemented an expedited contractor preliminary clearance process for critical agency contracts; developed and implemented the agency’s Insider Threat Program that successfully identified individuals attempting to exploit both physical and logical access vulnerabilities; established a threat management process; and increased the success rate of timely and thorough misconduct investigations.

Mr. Rittenberg has extensive experience in border security, smuggling, intellectual property rights, national security matters, and transnational criminal organizations. His assignments included land borders, international airports, and seaports. He led multiple investigations into the smuggling of non-taxed cigarettes into the United States via cross-border Native American reservations, the smuggling of grey market export only cigarettes into the from Europe, as well as the distribution of counterfeit cigarettes. These investigations utilized multiple techniques including intelligence collection, undercover operations, and partnership with industry leaders.

Mr. Rittenberg held numerous key leadership positions within ICE and the US Customs Service including deputy associate director for OPR; division director of  OPR Investigations; Homeland Security Investigations; acting and deputy special agent-in-charge (SAC) of the Washington, DC, field office; acting and assistant special SAC of the Baltimore field office; chief of staff for the headquarters of Investigations; interim chief of the headquarters’ Contraband Smuggling Unit; and interim Treasury liaison for the US Customs Service.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, magna cum laude
  • Criminal Investigator Training Program, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, honor graduate

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun (VA)
  • Private Investigator (VA)
  • Compliance Agent (VA Department of Criminal Justice Services)

AFFILIATIONS

  • Senior Executive Association
  • Private Investigators Association of Virginia
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Society of International Affairs
  • NCR Security Forum
  • National Sheriffs Association