Trump's DHS CIO Pick is a Former Secret Service Agent, Hedge Fund CISO

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Richard Staropoli would fill the spot left vacant by Luke McCormack.

A former special agent who served 25 years within the Secret Service will soon lead the Homeland Security Department's information technology operations.

President Donald Trump plans to name Richard Straropoli to DHS' top tech spot Friday, according to a White House announcement.

Straropoli will join the federal government from the Fortress Investment Group, an international hedge fund, where he served as a chief information security officer and managing director of counterparty risk.

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While there, he created a formal due-diligence investigation program for the credit, real estate, private equity and liquid markets, according to the White House.

As a special agent, Straropoli was a team leader within the Secret Service’s hostage rescue unit and the counterassault team. He was also chief of polygraph operations.

Staropoli was commended by President George W. Bush for his service in the White House on Sep. 11, 2001.

He fills the seat left vacant by Luke McCormack, a Barack Obama appointee.