WaPo’s John Hudson is reporting that DS Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Michael T. Evanoff has informed DS employees of his resignation with an expected departure next week. He reportedly has a new job at a “multinational company. Mr. Evanoff who was a career special agent in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1985 to 2011 was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security (DS) on November 3, 2017. Prior to his return to State in 2017, he was the Vice President for Asset Protection & Security for Walmart International, Inc. in Arkansas. He also previously served as Chief Security Officer at Coca-Cola HBC, in Zug, Switzerland and Athens, Greece, and as Global Director of Security at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in New York.
This is the top security position at State so we hope a new nominee is announced and confirmed quickly but it is also likely that we may not see a new nominee until next year. When DS appointee David Gordon Carpenter’s appointment ended in June 29, 2002, his successor, Francis Xavier Taylor did not assume charge until November 18, 2002. Similarly, when DS appointee Richard J. Griffin‘s ended his appointment on November 1, 2007, his successor, career appointee Eric J. Boswell did not assume charge until July 8, 2008.
Traditionally, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) who is also the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) assumes charge of the bureau in an acting capacity. That would be Todd J. Brown who has been in the bureau’s number two position since March 2018. However, given the appointment practices in this administration, we’ll have to wait and see who will actually becomes interim bureau head. We should note that despite the proliferation of political appointees in Foggy Bottom, DS is one bureau where the top leadership ranks are career officials (or former career officials).
scooplet: The Trump administration's assistant secretary for diplomatic security, Michael Evanoff, just resigned, per letter to staff. He says he got a security job for a "multinational company" and his departure is effective next week
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) July 14, 2020
A/S Michael Evanoff and DAS for Training Wendy Bashnan cut a cake to mark the occasion of the opening of FASTC, our newest (and sweetest) training facility.
— statedeptdss (@StateDeptDSS) November 14, 2019
DSS is pleased to welcome Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, Michael T. Evanoff. Welcome back! pic.twitter.com/Mggb9Ijxiu
— statedeptdss (@StateDeptDSS) November 7, 2017
— Diplopundit #WearAMask (@Diplopundit) August 29, 2017