NOAA Leadership

VADM Michael S. Devany

VADM Michael S. Devany.

VADM Michael S. Devany, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations


Vice Admiral (VADM) Michael S. Devany, NOAA, nominated by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and appointed by President Barack H. Obama, serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As NOAA’s chief operating officer, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. He is a key advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/NOAA Administrator on NOAA program and policy issues.

VADM Devany has served the nation for more than 28 years in both the U.S. Navy and NOAA, most recently as the Director, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). At OMAO, he led the operation of the agency's fleet of research and survey ships and aircraft, as well as the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, one of the Nation’s seven uniformed services. During his tenure as Director, VADM Devany spearheaded the in-depth review of NOAA’s at-sea data needs, resulting in the production of the NOAA Fleet Composition Report: 2012-2027.

VADM Devany has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding performance of duties, receiving multiple NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps Commendation Medals and Achievement Medals. He also received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in the Persian Gulf while serving in the U.S. Navy. VADM Devany is a qualified NOAA Diver, NOAA Senior Watch Officer, U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, and holds a USCG Masters license.

VADM Devany is a native of Washington State.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Washington and a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program. He and his wife reside in Virginia with their three boys.