O’Melveny’s Danielle Gray Appointed To an Independent Review Panel of the US Secret Service by the Department of Homeland Security

October 13, 2014


Julie Fei
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

WASHINGTON, DC -- October 13, 2014 --
O’Melveny & Myers LLP partner Danielle Gray, former Cabinet Secretary and senior advisor to President Obama, has been appointed to serve on an independent panel that will review the US Secret Service in the wake of a recent incident involving the White House compound. The four-person panel includes Mark Filip, former Deputy Attorney General; Thomas Perrelli, former Associate Attorney General; and Joseph Hagin, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.  

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement on October 10, 2014, saying, “I have full confidence that these distinguished individuals will conduct a fair, thorough and unbiased assessment.”

           On Oct. 1, 2014, I announced that Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, aided by the Department’s General Counsel, would assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the U.S. Secret Service of the fence-jumping incident at the White House on Sept. 19. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will complete that review and submit findings to me by Nov. 1, 2014.

           By Dec. 15, 2014, the panel will submit to me its own assessment and recommendations concerning security of the White House compound. The security of the White House compound will be the panel’s primary and immediate priority.

           The panel is also invited to submit to me recommendations for potential new directors of the Secret Service. I am also requesting that the panel advise me about whether it believes, given the series of recent events, there should be a review of broader issues concerning the Secret Service.

           I thank the panelists for agreeing to accept this important assignment.

Gray is a litigation partner at O’Melveny, splitting time between the Firm’s New York and Washington, DC offices. Gray began serving in the Obama Administration as Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel. In that role, she served as one of the principal lawyers advising on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and played a lead role in judicial selection and confirmation proceedings — including the successful confirmation processes for Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. She acted as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division at the Department of Justice, assisting in the defense of the ACA against constitutional and other challenges and representing the United States in a range of civil matters. Later, as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, Gray participated in key economic policy decisions, including implementation of the Dodd-Frank legislation, regulatory policy and reform, and a variety of job-creation and skills initiatives for veterans, small-business owners, and entrepreneurs. In her last position as Cabinet Secretary, she was responsible for policy and communications coordination among all Cabinet-level agencies and worked closely with Executive Branch agencies on a range of high-stakes matters — from congressional investigations to the promulgation of rules and regulations.

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