The Department of Homeland Security announced the appointment of a new Assistant Secretary for Policy Development today. From a statement by Sec. Chertoff:
I am pleased to announce that Richard C. Barth, Ph.D., has been appointed the first Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rich joined the department after twelve years with Motorola, Inc., mostly recently as corporate vice president for homeland security strategy.
While at Motorola, Rich led teams that brought together federal, state and local public safety officials to implement strategies for interoperable communications and he ensured spectrum requirements were met for new business products. Rich also has considerable experience in international trade and economics, having once served as Director of International Economic Affairs at the White House as well as serving in related positions at the departments of Treasury and Commerce. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Maryland.
I am gratified that Rich has returned to public service once more as part of the departmentâ€™s Policy Directorate. I will rely on him for his expertise and initiative in developing and implementing our top policy objectives.
The job does not require congressional confirmation, and its responsibilities are described here. Barth will report to Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart Baker, with whom he served on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption in the 1990s.