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Secret Service, Hedge Fund Vet Richard Staropoli Chosen for DHS CIO Role

President Donald Trump intends to appoint Richard Staropoli, formerly managing director of counter-party risk and chief information security officer at Fortress Investment Group, as chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

The White House said Friday he helped establish Fortress’ corporate due-diligence program that uses traditional and non-traditional investigative and intelligence gathering approaches.

Staropoli previously spent 25 years as a U.S. Secret Service special agent, which included time as an operator and team leader at the agency’s presidential protective division, chief of polygraph operations and a member of its counter assault team.

He received multiple awards from the departments of the Treasury and Homeland Security as well as the New York City Police Department during his government career.

Staropoli served as an independent board member at Wearsafe Labs from 2014 to 2016.

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