VA General Counsel James Byrne Named VA Acting Deputy Secretary - On August 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its General Counsel, Jim Byrne, has been named Acting Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs effective Aug. 28. Byrne was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 9, 2017, as the General Counsel for the department. 

Prior to joining VA, Byrne served in Lockheed Martin Corp.’s legal department as the Chief Privacy Officer and lead information technology, cyber security and counterintelligence attorney. He served as the Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel, a career Senior Executive Service position, as well as both General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. 

Byrne has over 20 years of experience in the public sector, also including service as a deployed U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, and a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) international narcotics prosecutor.  

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