A conversation with Rafael Borras

February 5, 2011

Rafael Borras oversees management of the Department of Homeland Security’s $56 billion budget, appropriations, expenditure of funds, and accounting, and finance. He administers control over the Department’s $17 billion in acquisitions and procurement. He is responsible for directing human capital resources and personnel programs for the Department’s 230,000 employees. Mr. Borras administers control of the Department’s information technology enterprise architecture. Mr. Borras is responsible for oversight of the Department’s facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources. He administers programs and processes that provide security for personnel, information technology and communications systems, facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources.

Mr. Borras has 27 years of management experience in the federal government, city government, and the non-profit and private sector. He has deep experience in the areas within the portfolio of the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security, including finance, human capital, facilities, information technology, and procurement.

Prior to his appointment with the Department, Mr. Borras served as a Vice President with URS Corporation, a global engineering services firm. As Vice President of the Infrastructure and Environment Division, Mr. Borras managed Program Management and Construction Management profit and loss; overseeing operation business development and staffing as well as the National Federal Management and Construction Management Initiative.

Prior to joining URS, Mr. Borras served as the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration. As regional administrator, he managed an organization with more than 1,300 employees, providing federal customer agencies with real estate services; supply and procurement, vehicle acquisition, and leasing services; and information technology telecommunications services.

Mr. Borras served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for overseeing the Department’s financial, personnel, information technology, budget, administrative services, acquisition, grants, and Equal Employment Opportunity functions. He also served as Deputy City Manager in the City of Hartford, Connecticut, where he was responsible for the departments of finance, police, fire, code enforcement, information technology, purchasing, budget, and human relations.

Mr. Borras began his public sector career as Administrative Officer for the Office of the County Manager in 1982 with Metropolitan Dade County Government in Dade County, Fla.

Listen to Mr. Borras’ interview.

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