Former Secret Service Agent Richard Staropoli Named DHS CIO

President Donald Trump appointed Richard Staropoli, former chief information security officer at Fortress Investment Group, to serve as chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security.

According to an announcement posted on the White House website April 28, Staropoli also served as managing director of counter-party risk for Fortress Investment, an international hedge fund with approximately $80 billion in assets under management based in New York.

“In this role, he established a formalized program for conducting investigative due-diligence across the firm as it relates to Credit, Real Estate, Private Equity and Liquid Markets deals relying on traditional and non-traditional investigative and intelligence gathering approaches,” the post states.

Prior to working at Fortress Investment, Staropoli served as a Special Agent in the Secret Service for 25 years. He served in the Presidential Protective Division, the hostage rescue unit, and the Counter Assault Team during his time. Staropoli also served as the Chief of Polygraph Operations for the Secret Service.

DHS did not respond for comment at time of publication.

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