At a Glance
- Career History:
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Director and Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Program (2001-2009); U.S. Department of Energy, Senior Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy (1998-2001); White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy
, Senior Policy Analyst in the
Executive Office of the President
- Birthday: July 2, 1964
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- Alma Mater: Brandeis University, B.A., 1986; The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., 1996
- Spouse: Victoria White
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Path to Power
Heyman's parents came to Washington in the 1960s to work in the government, "riding a wave of excitement when President Kennedy was elected," he said at his nomination hearing.Heyman grew up in D.C., but at first did not follow his parent's path. After studying biology at Brandeis University, he went to work in the private sector, at RGTI Systems Software, a company that managed supply chains.
By 1992, Heyman was the company's director of international operations, a job that sent him to Russia just after the fall of communism.
In 2004 and again in 2008, Heyman and James Jay Carafano, who heads the Heritage Foundation's homeland security program, collaborated on sweeping critiques of the country's homeland security policy. In "DHS 2.0," they encouraged the department to consolidate agencies with overlapping missions, allocate resources within the department based on risks and elevate the position Heyman now holds to the undersecretary level. In Homeland Security 3.0, they wrote that Congress and the administration should look beyond DHS and "shift their focus to strengthening the effectiveness of the national security enterprise as a whole."
Airport Security and Terrorist Travel
After the attempted Christmas Day bombing in December 2009, DHS Secretary Napolitano sent Heyman to talk to international partners about airport security and terrorist travel. Heyman had testified before Congress on that issue just weeks before the incident. At the time, he said that border security was "more than drawing a line in the sand where we can deny entry into a country." He said that DHS was working with partner nations to minimize risks to the U.S. and to improve coordination.
With 15 years of Washington experience, Heyman has plenty of connections. DHS' former deputy administrator and the first head of the TSA, Adm. James Loy, introduced Heyman at his nomination hearing.New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) was his boss at Energy.
From 2007 to 2009, Heyman was also a fellow at George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute, another gathering place for homeland security professionals. His colleagues there included private sector security leaders and Congressional staff for committees that will oversee his work at DHS.
In 2002, Heyman donated $250 to Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign. Sen. Pryor (D-Ark.) serves on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.