Elaine Duke was sworn in today as the seventh deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. In this capacity, she will serve as the chief operating officer for the department.
“I want to congratulate Elaine on her confirmation as the department’s new deputy secretary,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. “I look forward to working closely with her as the department continues to move forward in protecting our nation.”
“It’s an honor to return to public service and, in particular, return to the Department of Homeland Security,” said Deputy Secretary Duke. “I look forward to meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with former colleagues as we strive to further the department’s vital mission.”
An accomplished leader and a civil servant for most of her career, Duke has served in the federal government for nearly three decades, most recently serving in government as the department’s Senate-confirmed under secretary for management, a position she held until April 1, 2010. As the under secretary, she was responsible for managing the department’s business lines and corresponding $47 billion budget. Prior to her appointment, she served both as the department’s deputy under secretary for management and chief procurement officer. She also served as deputy assistant administrator for acquisition at the Transportation Security Administration, delivering an acquisition program that met the post 9/11 legislative mandate to federalize passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports. Previously, Duke held various positions with the U.S. Department of Defense.