[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 140 (Thursday, September 15, 2016)]
[Page S5839]

                     TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL F. BUCHWALD

  Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, today I wish to pay tribute to Mike 
Buchwald, a dedicated member of my staff for over 9 years. Mike has 
served in my personal office, as my counsel, and finally, as deputy 
staff director for oversight and policy on the Senate Select Committee 
on Intelligence. Over this time period, Mike has displayed a work ethic 
like none other. I have come to rely deeply on his attention to detail 
and exceptional command of the Nation's intelligence analysis.
  Before joining the committee, Mike served an associate at the 
international law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, where he specialized in 
criminal, congressional, and internal investigations of corporations 
and nonprofit entities as a member of the white-collar defense and 
strategic counseling groups. He served as a law clerk for Federal 
District Judge George P. Schiavelli in California, where he was born 
and raised. Prior to law school, he worked as a legislative assistant 
in my personal office for 3 years. Mike earned his J.D. from the 
University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. cum laude with 
distinction in history from Yale University. He is a member of Phi Beta 
Kappa and has been admitted to practice law in California and the 
District of Columbia.
  Mike's accomplishments on the Intelligence committee were extensive, 
many of which were completed behind the scenes in furtherance of the 
committee's oversight mandate. Two important public reports on which 
Mike was involved were the 2010 report on Attempted Terrorist Attack on 
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the 2013 SSCI Review of Terrorist 
Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi. Both reports were critical in 
helping improve our understanding of these attacks and how the U.S. 
Government and the intelligence community can prepare for them in the 
  The sheer volume of other committee activities in which Mike was 
engaged are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that he was an 
integral part of my intelligence team, supporting me and the committee 
in the enactment of seven consecutive intelligence authorization bills 
and overseeing the most complex activities undertaken by our 
government. He has unmatched passion for congressional oversight, for 
the intelligence community, and for this country's national security. 
Mike not only served me well, but was the consummate professional with 
all members and committee staff on both sides of the aisle.
  Mike will continue to further his government career by accepting a 
position within the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security 
Division. I am certain the Department will find him to be a shining 
light, committed to protecting this country and its citizens. It is 
also important for me to acknowledge the support Mike has received from 
his fiancee and now wife, Jamie Lynn Poslosky. I thank her for allowing 
Mike to spend many late nights in the office meeting the oversight 
demands of the Intelligence Committee.
  I am pleased to have this opportunity to publicly thank Mike and to 
wish him the very best in all his future endeavors. I will miss his 
insights and his ability to always have the right document at hand for 
any discussion or deliberations. Thank you, Mike, for your many years 
of service and dedication both to the country and to me personally.