Kenneth E. Lopez was appointed as the Library of Congress's first Director of Security in February 1997, when all security programs of the Library were consolidated under a newly established Office of Security. Mr. Lopez has managerial responsibility for the Library's protective services, police force, personnel security, and criminal investigation functions. In addition, Mr. Lopez is chairman of the Library's Collections Security Oversight Committee. Prior to coming to the Library of Congress, Mr. Lopez served in several key leadership positions in the executive branch of the federal government beginning in June 1973. Mr. Lopez has headed federal agency security programs at the Department of Justice, Department of State, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John F. Kennedy Space Center, and Federal Aviation Administration. In his past management positions, he has directed agency-wide physical, information, personnel, and industrial security programs. Born in Concord, California, Mr. Lopez received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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