un·​der·​sec·​re·​tary | \ ˌən-dər-ˈse-krə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce undersecretary (audio) , -ˈse-kə- \
variants: or under secretary

Definition of undersecretary

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

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Recent Examples on the Web President Trump had nominated Anthony Tata, 60, a retired brigadier general, as undersecretary of defense for policy, the No. 3 official at the Pentagon. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Blocked by Senate, Trump Nominee Takes a Nearly Identical Pentagon Job," 3 Aug. 2020 John Rood was forced to resign as undersecretary for policy in February. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, "Trump loyalist gets Defense post as Senate nomination stalls," 3 Aug. 2020 Wolf was on the outside, but remain at DHS as the acting undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans. Nick Miroff And Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "How Chad Wolf became Trump’s favorite DHS chief," 3 Aug. 2020 Brian Murphy, acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned to a position elsewhere in the department, the people said, on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter. Shane Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "DHS official whose office compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists and protesters has been removed from his job," 1 Aug. 2020 The move raises questions on whether Tony Tata's comments on former President Barack Obama and other personal issues have scuttled his chances to become the undersecretary for policy at the Pentagon. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Senate cancels hearing for Anthony Tata, Trump's Pentagon pick who called Obama a terrorist," 31 July 2020 Acting deputy undersecretary for administration Douglas Hall, who is the COVID response coordinating officer, has a uniquely holistic perspective on the staggered reopening campaign. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Does the Smithsonian Look Like in the Post-COVID Era?," 28 July 2020 For the past few months, Kan, a recent undersecretary for policy at the Transportation Department, has been overseeing the distribution of coronavirus funds and other key budget items. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Team Trump moves: Gregory Angelo to drug czar, OMB's Derek Kan, Sergio Gor to campaign," 15 June 2020 Wheelbarger was nominated in February for promotion to deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, the No. 2 intelligence post at the Pentagon. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Loyalty questions prompt another high-ranking Pentagon official to exit," 19 June 2020

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1687, in the meaning defined above

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“Undersecretary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undersecretary. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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

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