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Published:March 1st, 2006 11:51 EST
DHS Names Executive Director

DHS Names Executive Director

By Leon (Producer) Leon

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the appointment of Douglas L. Hoelscher as Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Committees, within the new Policy Directorate.  Hoelscher most recently served the department as the White House Liaison and he previously served as Deputy White House Liaison.

“The department relies heavily on the expertise and advice of our advisory committees," said Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy.  “Outside perspectives benefit the policy and decision making process, and the Administration has named a qualified and talented professional to cultivate these partnerships.  Doug will provide strategic counsel to the Secretary and increase overall coordination between department leadership and our homeland security partners, and I look forward to his contributions and counsel.”

As Executive Director, Hoelscher will be Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s primary representative to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, more than 20 departmental boards and commissions, and two presidential committees – the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Hoelscher has served in the Administration since 2001.  He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999, with honors, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Source: U.S. State Dept.