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Statement by Secretary Napolitano on the Departure of Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute

Release Date: 
April 9, 2013

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

“Over the past four years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving with Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute, where she has been integral in the day-to-day operation and management of the third largest Federal department in the United States.

With over thirty years of military and senior executive experience in the United States government and in international efforts to prevent and resolve crises of all kinds, Deputy Secretary Lute embodies the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission 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.

Among her many accomplishments during her time at DHS, Deputy Secretary Lute served as the lead negotiator for the U.S. government in the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Records Agreement, enhancing our collaboration to combat terrorism and transnational threats, while respecting our commitment to civil liberties and privacy.

Deputy Secretary Lute has also spearheaded the Department’s efforts to enhance cybersecurity to secure unclassified networks for Federal civilian departments and agencies, and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure. She was instrumental in the Department's effort to implement recommendations by the Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on CyberSkills, to ensure that DHS expands the pipeline of men and women with advanced cybersecurity skills, and enables us to become a top competitor for cybersecurity talent.

I am grateful for Deputy Secretary Lute’s contributions to DHS and her counsel over the past four years. Because of her service, our nation is safer, more secure and more resilient. I wish her all the best in her next endeavors.”

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Review Date: 
April 9, 2013
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