On Friday, May 10, the Trump administration announced that career staffer Mark Koumans would assume the role of Deputy Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Monday, May 13. Mr. Koumans replaces Tracy Renaud, who was the acting deputy director of USCIS since March 2018. Ms. Renaud will return to her previous role as associate director of the Management Directorate.
“We look forward to Mark joining our team, where he will quickly contribute to our mission of administering the nation’s lawful immigration system,” USCIS Director Francis Cissna said. “He brings a wealth of experience working complex immigration, organizational, and operational issues with our partners at Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security headquarters, and State.”
Koumans spent 17 years in the U.S. Foreign Service before joining DHS in 2008. He has previously served as a deputy assistant secretary for international affairs and many other positions within USCIS.