chapter
3 Pages

White House Office: Staff Secretary

WithManuel Gutiérrez, Joshua Acevedo, José D. Villalobos

This entry summarizes the role of the staff secretary. Initially recommended by the first Hoover commission and later created during the Eisenhower years, the Office of the Staff Secretary is primarily responsible for coordinating the paperwork that travels to and from the president. Staff secretaries also help oversee the Executive Clerk, Records Management, Correspondence, and the president's speech clearance process. Within their primary role of controlling information flow to and from the president, staff secretaries must carefully prioritize, organize, and present key information to the chief executive in a manner suitable for effective decision making.