Secret Service Appoints 1st Chief Operating Officer to Improve Performance

It's the department's latest reform after security breaches last fall.

“George is a proven leader who will bring broad management experience, knowledge and initiative to the Secret Service as our first COO,” Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy said.

As COO, Mulligan will be the principal administrator for planning and directing all business and programming activities for the Secret Service.

He is tasked with overseeing all program areas, focusing on improving performance as well as directing coordination and liaison activities and working on budget and strategic planning efforts.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Mulligan as the Director of the White House Military Office, where he worked closely with the Secret Service.