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Thomas E. Dougherty

Chief Strategy Officer


Thomas E. Dougherty serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Secret Service.  In this role, Mr. Dougherty leads the Strategic Planning and Policy (OSP) Directorate, which serves as the agency’s in-house consultative think tank.  Mr. Dougherty’s responsibilities include futures/net assessment, strategic planning, emerging capabilities, acquisition, performance metrics, enterprise governance, policy management, organizational evaluations, records and knowledge management, and quantitative analysis. OSP manages the agency’s Planning, Programming, Budget, Execution and Evaluation process and formulates the agency budget over five-year cycles.  Mr. Dougherty also oversees the Component Acquisition Executive (CAE), including acquisition compliance and program review. Mr. Dougherty is a member of the Secret Service Board of Directors.  

Since 1995, Mr. Dougherty has been heavily involved with the Secret Service’s efforts to augment physical security at the White House Complex, including the closure of Pennsylvania Avenue and redesign as a pedestrian plaza, the redesign of President’s Park South, redesign and construction of a new White House fence and representation of the Secret Service equities before the Congress, National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the Commission on Fine Arts (CFA). 

Previously, Mr. Dougherty served as Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Human Resources and Training, the Office of Government and Public Affairs, the Office of Administration, and the Office of Chief Counsel.  He also served as Special Assistant to the Director from 2003-2006.

Before joining the Secret Service, Mr. Dougherty practiced law at Holland & Knight in Tampa, FL, and Washington, DC.  Mr. Dougherty joined the Senior Executive Service in 2006, holds a Master of Laws from George Washington University, a Juris Doctorate from The University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Maryland.