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Helen Goff Foster
Department of Housing and Urban Development


Helen Goff Foster

Helen Goff Foster is HUD’s first Executive Secretary and acting Chief Administrative Officer. As such, she is the touchstone for administrative management, information compliance, and policy and correspondence coordination across the agency. Her diverse portfolio encompasses building operations, facilities, asset, and space management for HUD offices nationwide, including the historic Robert C. Weaver Building in DC. She is also responsible for broadcast, conference and communication services, field support services, disaster management and national security issues, and coordination of HUD official correspondence and policy directives. As Executive Secretary, she also oversees compliance with privacy, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and records management requirements. In the aggregate, Ms. Foster leads an organization of 250+ employees with an annual budget in excess of $200 million.</P>

Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Foster served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While at Treasury, Ms. Foster consolidated and streamlined FOIA processes and reduced FOIA inventory and processing time. She modernized Treasury’s library and subscription services, and eliminated duplicative contract spending, and realigned her organization’s structure, performance measures and personnel practices to create a sustainable and agile information compliance workforce. Ms. Foster was nominated for a Service to America Medal (Sammy) for her work, and was named to the Fed100 as “Transparency Czar.” Ms. Foster also served previously as Director for Privacy and Civil Liberties on the White House National Security Council, and was Senior Director for Privacy Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. She was a founding member of the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft program, and spent 8 years in private law practice in D.C. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/G) and a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on FOIA.