Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources of the United States of America
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Brian P. McKeon

since March 19, 2021
U.S. Department of State
Reports toThe United States Secretary of State
SeatWashington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
First holderJacob Lew
SalaryExecutive Schedule, level 2
WebsiteOfficial website

The United States Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources is the third in charge of the United States Department of State. Along with the other Deputy Secretary of State, the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources is a principal advisor to the Secretary of State and shares in the global responsibility for U.S. foreign policy. The Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources also has broad responsibilities for oversight and coordination of U.S. foreign assistance and overseas diplomatic operations. The role is sometimes referred to as the "Chief Operating Officer" of the State Department.[1]

The position was created by Congress in 2000, in Title IV, Section 404 of Public Law 106-553. However, the position was not filled until 2009, when President Obama appointed Jack Lew to the position. The position was vacant under President Donald Trump, but it was reestablished under President Joe Biden, whose nomination of Brian P. McKeon to the position was confirmed in March of 2021.

The State Department is the only federal Cabinet-level agency with two co-equal Deputy Secretaries. The original Deputy Secretary office is the "first assistant" for the purposes of the Vacancies Reform Act, but both Deputy Secretaries have full delegated authority to act for the Secretary, if not otherwise prohibited by law.[2]

Deputy Secretaries of State for Management and Resources

No. Portrait Name Term began Term ended President(s) served under
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Jack Lew January 28, 2009 November 18, 2010 Barack Obama
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Thomas R. Nides January 3, 2011 February 15, 2013
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Heather Higginbottom December 13, 2013 January 20, 2017
Vacant January 20, 2017 January 20, 2021 Donald Trump
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Brian P. McKeon March 19, 2021 Present Joe Biden


  1. ^ "Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources". (archived content). Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Executive Order on Succession at the Department of State". Retrieved 2022-05-06.