Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Official Photo of Special Agent in Charge Matthew VariscoMatthew P. Varisco currently serves as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Philadelphia Field Division. In this capacity, SAC Varisco oversees ATF’s criminal and regulatory operations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

SAC Varisco previously served as the Chief, ATF Personnel Security Division, Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations (OPRSO). SAC Varisco also served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Baltimore Field Division, where he oversaw ATF field enforcement groups in Maryland and Delaware, as well as the logistical and administrative responsibilities of the divisional office. 

From 2013 until 2017, SAC Varisco served as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the Falls Church I Field Office, Washington Field Division, where he oversaw the enforcement of federal firearm, arson, and explosives laws in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Further, he supervised the day to day operations of the District of Columbia, Arson/Explosives Task Force, which investigates all fire related injuries and fatalities in the District of Columbia. 

A member of the Senior Executive Service, SAC Varisco began his career with ATF in August 1997 as an Inspector-Trainee (Student) in the New York Field Division and later served as an Inspector (Industry Operations Investigator).  He entered on duty as a Special Agent in the Baltimore Field Division in 2000, and served as a Senior Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator until October 2012. SAC Varisco also completed a tour of duty as a Special Agent/Program Manager, National Explosives Task Force, National Center for Explosives Training and Research from 2012 to 2013 and was a member of the ATF National Response Team from 2004 until 2009.

In 2020, SAC Varisco was the recipient of the ATF Director’s Internal Award for his work in furtherance of ATF’s mission. In 2007 and 2008, SAC Varisco was awarded the ATF Distinguished Service Medal for the investigation of individuals whom used fire/firearm(s)/explosives in furtherance of other federal crimes (Attempted Murder of a Government Witness and Narcotics Violations). SAC Varisco is also a recipient of the National Association of Police Organization (NAPO) “TOP COP” Award (Honorable Mention / 2003) for his work concerning a mass murder in Baltimore City, Maryland.

SAC Varisco holds the following academic degrees; a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Iona College, New York, a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montclair State University, New Jersey.

Last Reviewed March 19, 2021