Focusing on six words: Helping government do its job better White House nominates Borras as DHS under secretary for management

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The White House today nominated Rafael Borras as Homeland Security Department’s under secretary for management.

According to the White House, Borras currently serves as a vie president of construction services for the Mid-Atlantic region for URS Corp., a global engineering services firm. Prior to joining URS, Borras served as the regional administration for GSA’s Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to that post, he served as the Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for administration. Borras also served as they deputy city manager for Hartford, CT, where he was responsible for police, fire, code enforcement, IT, purchasing, budget, and human relations, a White House release says.

Borras started his public sector career with the Metropolitan Dade County Government, serving in the Office of the County Administrator as an administrative officer.

UPDATE: Comments from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:

“The President announced yesterday his intent to nominate Rafael Borras as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Management. Rafael brings a long career in both government and the private sector to DHS as a city management official, federal government senior executive and business manager.

He has more than 25 years of experience in budget and financial management, information technology, procurement and human services—preparing him well for overseeing the Department’s finance, human capital, facilities, information technology, procurement and security offices.

In his new role, Rafael will lead efforts to promote and establish greater efficiency and transparency while playing an integral role in unifying the Department and its many components,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.


Borras has served as Vice President of Construction Services for the URS Corporation’s Mid-Atlantic Region and claims services since 2000. Previously, Borras managed 1,500 employees as Regional Administrator for the General Services Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Region, where he led real estate services, supply and procurement, and IT services to federal agencies, from 1997-2000.

Borras was Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1994-1997, where he was responsible for the department’s finances, personnel, IT, acquisition and grants—including 375 employees and a $3.8 billion budget. Before joining the federal government, Borras was Deputy City Manager and Commissioner of Human Services for the City of New Rochelle, N.Y., from 1993-1994; Deputy City Manager for the City of Hartford, Conn., in 1991 and 1993; Director of Communications at the International City/County Management Association from 1985-1991; and Administrative Officer for Miami Dade County, Fla., from 1982-1985.

Meanwhile, DHS has named Sheryl Bourbeau as the agency’s deputy undersecretary for management.

Bourbeau will lead the day-to-day operations of the management directorate and provide strong direction in continued unification and maturation of the agency, according to a June 15 memo by DHS Under Secretary for Management Elaine Duke.

Before joining DHS, Bourbeau was the assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations for manpower, personnel, training and education, where she was the civilian executive advisor for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources, budgeting for Navy personnel, and for developing the information systems and tools to effectively management the Navy Total Force.

Duke’s full memo is posted below…

Duke’s full memo is posted below…

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Written by cdorobek

June 24, 2009 at 3:20 PM

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