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Thomas J. Barratt
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VADM Thomas J. Barratt
Born January 15, 1947(1947-01-15) (age 75)
Place of birth New York City, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1969 - 2004
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
Battles/wars Cold War
September 11, 2001 attacks
Other work Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Thomas J. Barrett (born January 15, 1947) is a former United States Coast Guard officer and is formerly Deputy Secretary of Transportation, holding that position from 2007 until 2009.[1] Previously, he was the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, holding that position from 2002 until 2004. In his most recent position, Barrett assumed the dual responsibility of serving as Deputy Secretary while continuing his duties as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Deputy Secretary Barrett served as the Department’s chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $61.1 billion budget, 10 modal administrations, and approximately 60,000 employees.

Barrett was sworn in May 31, 2006, by then Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta as the first permanent administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The PHMSA Administrator is the agency's Chief Executive Officer and advises the Secretary on all matters falling within PHMSA's jurisdiction. The Administrator directs the agency's national program for protecting against risks to life and property inherent in the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce and the transportation of liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquids by pipeline.

Before becoming PHMSA Administrator, Barrett was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to that, he served 35 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and attained the position of Vice Commandant. In that capacity, he served as second in command, Agency Acquisition Executive, coordinated the Coast Guard Leadership Council, and co-chaired with the Vice Chief of Naval Operations the Navy-Coast Guard Board, an inter-service policy coordination body. He was instrumental in improving maritime security post 9/11, expanding Coast Guard support to the National Foreign Intelligence Community, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, and smoothly transitioning the Coast Guard into the new Department of Homeland Security.

Barrett earned a B.S. in Biology from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York and a Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the National Defense University Capstone Course in National Security Strategy and Military Capabilities.

Barrett is married to the former Sheila Walker of Syracuse. They are parents of four children, Tom, a Major in the United States Army, Matt, Rebecca and Paul, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Both Tom and Paul are Iraq veterans.


Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas H. Collins
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
2002 - 2004
Succeeded by
Terry M. Cross

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