un·​der·​sec·​re·​tary | \ˌən-dər-ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē, -ˈse-kə-\
variants: or under secretary

Definition of undersecretary 

: a secretary immediately subordinate to a principal secretary often capitalized when used as a title the British Undersecretary for Indiathe Under Secretary of the Treasury

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Hoeber served as deputy undersecretary of the Army during former President Ronald Reagan’s administration. Washington Post, "Defense consultant, businessman win in Md. House primaries," 27 June 2018 Heather Nauert, the acting undersecretary for public diplomacy, said Tuesday that the contract was signed in November 2016, under the Obama administration, and has not expired yet. Author: Craig Timberg, Karla Adam, Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, "Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s collection of Facebook data, according to former employee," 21 Mar. 2018 Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, the administration has yet to send a nomination for undersecretary of domestic finance to the Senate. Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg.com, "Mnuchin's Treasury Is Tested by China's Bond Policy Signals," 10 Jan. 2018 He was hired by Komer a decade later, when the former Vietnam War pacification chief was undersecretary of defense for policy. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 12 May 2018 Bolton, a former undersecretary of State and ambassador to the U.N., can evince an avuncular, Muppet-like quality, with his overgrown eyebrows and Yosemite Sam mustache. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "“Acerbic, Condescending, Gruff, Demeaning”: Will John Bolton Become Trump’s Warmonger Rasputin, or Just His Next Mooch?," 30 Mar. 2018 Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement. Fortune, "U.S. Charges 9 Iranians for Hacking Companies to Steal $3.4 Billion in Trade Secrets," 23 Mar. 2018 The embassy was bombarded by phone calls thanking South Koreans, Korea's Yonhap news agency said, including one from Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "'We are all Koreans;' Mexico fans mob Korean embassy after World Cup victory," 28 June 2018 The communication from Christopher Krebs, acting undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, was sent to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Telecom spying devices found near White House, other DC-area sites, DHS official says," 2 June 2018

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: a high-ranking government official who serves under a department secretary or other high official

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