Thomas A. Ferguson
Thomas Ferguson was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. He attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and later, while in government service, received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He joined the BEP in 1974 as a quality assurance specialist and later served in various production positions including Manager of the Production Management Staff and Chief of Currency Production and Stamp Printing. In 1988, Ferguson headed the Office of Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence. He went on to hold management positions as Deputy Assistant Director of Operations and Assistant Director of Research and Technology, during which time he chaired the New Currency Design Task Force that developed recommendations for the new counterfeit deterrent security features incorporated in the Series 1996 currency. He then served as Assistant Director of Management and Deputy Director before his appointment as the 24th Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1998.