Acting Deputy Secretary
Rafael Borras became the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on September 26, 2013. As Acting Deputy Secretary, Borras serves as the chief operating officer in DHS, responsible for the day-to-day business and management of the third largest federal department. Comprised of more than 240,000 employees and operating with an annual budget of nearly $60 billion, DHS operations are designed to: prevent terrorism and enhance security; secure and manage our borders; enforce and administer our immigration laws; safeguard and secure cyberspace; and strengthen national resilience through disaster and all-hazard preparedness, response, and recovery.
Prior, Borras was nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Under Secretary for Management at DHS. He joined the Department in April 2010. In that role, Borras exercised leadership authority over all aspects of the Department's management programs as the designated Chief Management Officer and Chief Acquisition Officer. As Chief Management Officer, Borras oversaw management of DHS’s budget, appropriations, expenditure of funds, accounting, and finance. As Chief Acquisition Officer, he administered control over the Department’s approximately $19 billion in procurement. Borras also oversaw the Management Directorate’s six lines of business—financial, human capital, information technology, procurement, security, and administrative.
Borras has more than 30 years of management experience, including over 20 years in federal and city government, and 10 years in the private sector. Prior to his appointment with DHS, Borras served as a Vice President with URS Corporation, a global engineering services firm.
Prior to joining URS, Borras served as the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration where he managed an organization with more than 1,300 employees, providing federal customer agencies with real estate, supply and procurement, vehicle acquisition, and information technology services. Borras also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for overseeing the Department's financial, personnel, information technology, budget, administrative services, acquisition, and grants functions.
In city government, Borras served as Deputy City Manager in the City of Hartford, CT, where he was responsible for the departments of finance, police, fire, code enforcement, information technology, purchasing, budget, and human relations. He also served as Deputy City Manager of New Rochelle, N.Y.
Borras began his public sector career as Administrative Officer for the Office of the County Manager in 1982 with Metropolitan Dade County Government in Dade County, Fla.