What does a Deputy Chief of Staff do?

In large organizations, such as the arms of national governments, the role of chief of staff is significant enough that they require aides, assistants, or deputies of their own. This role is commonly referred to as a Deputy chief of staff. Deputy chief of staff’s can be found in numerous institutions that require a hierarchy beneath the chief of staff to manage complex institutional goals.

In the US White House, the Deputy chief of staff is the formal top aide to the White House chief of staff , who is, in turn, the senior aide to the President. The office of Deputy chief of staff is usually in the West Wing and is in charge of running the White House bureaucracy. The Deputy chief of staff may also be tasked with specific or ad-hoc duties by the chief of staff .

In some administrations, there have been several Deputy chief of staff’s at the same time. The Trump administration has three concurrent Deputy chief of staff. Chris Liddell is the current Deputy chief of staff’s for Staff for Policy Coordination, Tony Ornato is the Deputy chief of staff’s for Operations, and Dan Scavino is the Deputy chief of staff for Communications.




The role of Deputy chief of staff is a potential springboard to the formal COS position. In the White House, there have been six Deputy chief of staff’s who have subsequently been promoted to chief of staff. They include prominent figures such as Dick Cheney, Ken Duberstein, Andrew Card, Erskine Bowles, John Podesta, and Joshua Botlen.

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