David Resch, the executive deputy director responsible for the FBI's Crime, Cyber, Response, and Service Department, has returned after more than two decades of service, as did Scott Smith, who under him led the Cyber Department worked.
The moves are not untypical for FBI agents who have taken the work milestones that men have recently done, so they are eligible to receive pension benefits. But they have become alarming threats to the cyber world, such as the blandishments of Russia and the online campaign for foreign influence.
In a statement from the FBI, Resch expressed a continued appreciation for the office and confidence in its director, Christopher Wray.
"When I go back to the private sector after 28 years of government service, I have full confidence that under the firm leadership of Director Wray, the FBI will remain the FBI that the Americans have depended on for 1
The bureau also confirmed the imminent resignation of a third top official, Executive Assistant Director Carl Ghattas, who heads the National Security Division.
During a 20-year career, Ghattas has worked in several of the FBI's best-known anti-terror cases.
The Wall Street Journal First Reported the News of Retirements
Resch and Ghattas were appointed to their elders positions earlier this year. In her roles – overseeing the bureau's global crime and cyber investigations as well as national security operations and intelligence – both men would have been at the forefront of the US fight against Russian hacking.
"Russian intelligence officials did not stumble over the idea of hacking American computers and misleading news because they had a free afternoon," he added. "It's what they do every day."
An FBI official said on Thursday that retirements were not related to the wider climate around the office, pointing to an employment boom in the late 1990s that has led to a recent surge in senior agent retirements.