The Deputy Secretary of Energy is a high-ranking position within the United StatesDepartment of Energy. The Deputy Secretary is the second-highest-ranking official of the Department and assists the Secretary of Energy in the supervision and direction of the Department. The Deputy Secretary succeeds the Secretary in his absence, sickness, or unavailability.
The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate to serve at the request of the President. The current Deputy Secretary is Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, who was appointed by President of the United StatesBarack Obama on July 8, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate on September 18, 2014.