Allan K. Manuel is the Director of the Office of Corporate Security Strategy within the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security. His Office comprises the Office of Special Operations (Secretary’s Protection Detail and Protective Intelligence), Insider Threat Program Office, Human Reliability Program, and Technical Security Program (COMSEC and Technical Security Counter-Measures). Mr. Manuel’s public services spans 25+ years at the local, state, and Federal government levels. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Juris Doctor, both with honors. He is working on a Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, with dual concentrations in Weapons of Mass Destruction and Emerging Technologies and Geostrategic Resources. He is a practicing lawyer.
Mr. Manuel previously served as the Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Policy in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and before that as the Department’s Deputy CIO for Enterprise Policy, Portfolio Management, and Governance. In the latter role, he was responsible for managing the Department’s Information Technology (IT) and Cyber Governance Boards, Privacy Office, and Records Management, Public Information Collection, IT Program Management, Section 508, and Data Collection and Analysis programs. Mr. Manuel has worked at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) (non-partisan detail), Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and was posted as a liaison officer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development. He has worked on legal, policy, operations, and enforcement issues along with technical matters spanning satellite systems to undersea cables. Mr. Manuel has lectured at U.S. universities and abroad.
Over his career, he has drafted and edited numerous administrative and judicial opinions, Congressional reports, responses, and testimony, and Presidential orders and directives. He has been a member of, or participated in, numerous Federal interagency committees, notably: the National Security Council (to Deputies); the President’s National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Committee on Homeland and National Security; the NSTC’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Subcommittee (co-chair); the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) (to Deputies); the Committee on National Security Systems and its Subcommittee; the Federal Chief Information Officers Council and Federal Privacy Council; and a Director of National Intelligence Interagency Advisory Committee.
Mr. Manuel’s diverse public service accomplishments include: co-drafting the President’s National Continuity Policy (PPD-40), co-negotiating Executive Order 13618, and contributing to PPD-21; managing OSTP’s CFIUS Program; co-drafting DOE’s Cyber Strategy; serving as the Government’s trial counsel in the first-ever Carriage Agreement lawsuit, Classic Sports Network, Inc. v. Cablevision Systems Corp.; co-negotiating CFIUS conditions for SoftBank’s $20B acquisition of Sprint; leading the OSTP Associate Director’s Senate Confirmation Hearing preparation; collaborating with SMEs from California’s Public Utilities Commission to reduce a state-wide telecommunications tariff; leading the FCC Chairman’s Review of the FCC Preparedness for a Major Public Emergency Study; co-negotiating the Quora/U.S. Government-wide Terms of Service Agreement; conducting the first-ever DOE Federal Information Security Modernization Act and Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act review of field site (worth $13B); preparing the National Security Operations and Systems section of the FCC’s 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 Report; advising the Government of Japan on, and assisting the Government of Haiti with, disaster response; overseeing the Nation’s $110M per year National Security Telecommunications Programs; leading the FCC’s $1B Local Number Portability Administrator Federal interagency security and technical evaluations and negotiating the associated National Security conditions; contributing to DHS’s National Sector Risk Assessment—Communications; and conducting in rem seizures with the U.S. Marshals Service.