Mr. Kaufman is the Principal Deputy Chief Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security’s
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As a career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Mr. Kaufman assists in leading CISA's Office of Chief Counsel. Mr. Kaufman has been with the DHS since 2010.
Prior to becoming the Deputy, Mr. Kaufman was an operational attorney supporting DHS’ Federal
Protective Service (FPS). He advised on a plethora of legal issues impacting FPS’ law enforcement
and Federal facility security mission nationwide. He also served on a leadership detail with the
U.S. Secret Service.
Before joining DHS, Mr. Kaufman served as an Associate Chief Counsel in the Office of Chief
Counsel of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mr. Kaufman established and
managed DEA’s Division Counsel Program after serving as its first Division Counsel in the Miami
Field Division in 2000. In Miami, he provided legal advice and counsel on operational and legal
issues, mainly focusing on electronic surveillance issues.
Mr. Kaufman started his Federal career in the FDIC’s Office of General Counsel, Office of Special
Litigation. He graduated from American University Law School (JD) in 1989. He received his BA from The George Washington University.
JD, American University, 1989.
BA, The George Washington University, 1986.