Appointee Directory

Elaine Duke -- Department of Homeland Security
Under Secretary for Management

Elaine C. Duke was confirmed June 27, 2008, as the Department of Homeland Security's Under Secretary for Management. As the Under Secretary for Management, Ms. Duke is responsible for the management and administration of the Department. She oversees management of the Department's $47 billion budget, appropriations, expenditures of funds, accounting, and finance. Ms. Duke administers control over the Department's $17 billion in acquisitions and procurement. She is responsible for directing human capital resources and personnel programs for the Department's 216,000 employees. She administers control of the Department's enterprise architecture through strategic use of information technology and communications systems. Ms. Duke is responsible for oversight of the Department's facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources. She administer programs and processes that provide security for personnel, information technology and communications systems, facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources. Prior to her appointment as the Under Secretary for Management, Ms. Duke served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Management. She was the Department's Chief Procurement Officer from January 2006 until her appointment as Deputy Under Secretary for Management in October 2007. As the agency's Senior Procurement Executive, she was the lead executive responsible for the management, administration and oversight of the department's acquisition, financial assistance, strategic sourcing and competitive sourcing programs. Ms. Duke was the Department's Deputy Chief Procurement Officer from October 2004 to December 2005, when she championed the creation of the Acquisition Professional Career Program to re-build the federal acquisition workforce for the 21st century. Ms. Duke assisted in the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security while at the Transportation Security Administration, where she served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator beginning in August 2002. While with TSA, she successfully delivered an acquisition program that met the post 9/11 legislative mandate to federalize passenger screening and baggage screening airports. Ms. Duke spent a great deal of her career with the U.S. Navy where she held various acquisition positions of progressive responsibility. She served as the director, Office of Contract Policy, as well as the Deputy Director of Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Division in the Contracts Directorate with the Naval Sea Systems Command. While on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations & Environment), Ms. Duke oversaw the base closure and realignment program. She developed and implemented contracting strategies as well as a first ever grant program that provided for financial assistance to revitalize the local communities impacted by the base closures. Ms. Duke also held various acquisition positions with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, including the Deputy Director of the Contracting Department at the Navy Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She began her career as a contracting officer for the U.S. Air Force. In addition to her work at the Department of Defense, Ms. Duke served as the Deputy Director of Contracting and Property Management for the Smithsonian Institution and Director of Acquisition and Grant Services for the Federal Railroad Administration. Ms. Duke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from New Hampshire College and a Master's degree in business administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii. During her service with the federal government, Ms. Duke has been the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the Transportation Security Administration's Silver Medal for Customer Service, and the Department of Army Commander's Award for Public Service.

Elaine Duke