James Byrne Appointed VA Acting Deputy Secretary

James Byrne, general counsel at the Department of Veterans Affairs, was appointed Tuesday to serve as VA’s deputy secretary on an acting basis.

He has more than 20 years of public sector experience, which includes service at the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer and the Department of Justice as an international narcotics prosecutor, VA said Thursday.

Byrne joined VA last year after he previously served as chief privacy officer and lead attorney for information technology, cybersecurity and counterintelligence at Lockheed Martin.

He also spent 10 years as an executive board member at Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization that offers mental health services to post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families.

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