Obama picks leader for DHS directorate

President Barack Obama today said he intends to nominate Robert “Rand” Beers to lead the Homeland Security Department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate.

NPPD includes DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, the Office of Infrastructure Protection and the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program. The Office of Cybersecurity and Communications includes the National Cybersecurity Division and its U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

According to the Obama administration's announcement, Beers has 35 years experience as a senior civil servant. In addition, he served as DHS' acting deputy secretary from Feb. 11 to April 3, and he led Obama’s review of DHS during the transition period.

The leader of NPPD is an undersecretary who comes after the department’s deputy secretary in order of succession after the DHS secretary, according to an executive order signed by former President George W. Bush in 2007. Robert Jamison held the NPPD leadership position during the final portion of the Bush administration.

In March, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the appointment of Philip Reitinger as NPPD’s deputy undersecretary.

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Acquisition
    Shutterstock ID 169474442 By Maxx-Studio

    The growing importance of GWACs

    One of the government's most popular methods for buying emerging technologies and critical IT services faces significant challenges in an ever-changing marketplace

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image 1658927440 By Deliris masks in office coronavirus covid19

    White House orders federal contractors vaccinated by Dec. 8

    New COVID-19 guidance directs federal contractors and subcontractors to make sure their employees are vaccinated — the latest in a series of new vaccine requirements the White House has been rolling out in recent weeks.

Stay Connected