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DHS Shuffle: McAleenan Names Former Secret Service Director New DHS Undersecretary for Management

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has picked former Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles to fill the role of acting deputy under secretary for management.

Alles fills the post left vacant when DHS Undersecretary for Management Claire Grady was forced to resign last month.

Grady started her third-in-command post on Aug. 8, 2017. She was acting deputy secretary and should have been next in line to replace Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; President Trump instead picked Customs and Border Protection Commissioner McAleenan to serve in the acting role.

The same week Grady was out, Alles was replaced at the Secret Service with James Murray, assistant director of the office of protective operations at the agency. Trump officially appointed Murray to the post Friday.

McAleenan said in a statement Friday he was “proud to announce that Mr. Alles will transition to a new role with the Department, serving as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Management, and will oversee all aspects of the Department’s management programs, including financial, human capital, information technology, procurement, security, and asset management.”

“I thank Mr. Alles for his willingness to serve, and I look forward to continuing to work together in pursuit of our shared mission,” McAleenan added. “Mr. Alles will step in for Deputy Under Secretary Chip Fulghum, who has been integral to ensuring the Department functions efficiently and effectively. Mr. Fulghum has served the men and women of DHS with distinction since first joining in 2012, and we are forever grateful for his service. I wish him the very best in the years ahead.”

Endeavors announced a month ago that Fulghum was starting as chief operating officer of the company on July 8.

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