Carlos F. Matus was appointed as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) and the Director of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) on September 13, 2021.
Mr. Matus, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service – class of Minister-Counselor – joined DS as a DSS special agent in 1987. He has since held numerous and varied assignments throughout the world.
He began his career at the Washington Field Office. His next assignment took him to the U.S. Embassies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and La Paz, Bolivia, until 1993. Mr. Matus then went on to DSS’ Miami Field Office, where he conducted criminal investigations. In 1995, Mr. Matus returned to Washington, DC, to serve as a passport fraud desk officer until 1997, and then as a shift leader on U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright’s protection detail until 2000. His next two assignments were at the U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama, until 2003 and the U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, until 2004. After Kabul, he attended the Inter-American Defense College in Washington, DC, until 2005. Mr. Matus then served in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, assigned to the Vulnerabilities Assessment Unit until 2007, where he focused on public corruption investigations associated with the passport and visa processes. During this time, Mr. Matus also served as the acting criminal investigations division chief for DSS.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Matus served at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria. After Austria, Mr. Matus spent some time working in DS’ Legislative Affairs Office and then served as deputy regional director for contingency operations, focusing on Afghanistan until 2011. In 2011, Mr. Matus transferred to Protective Intelligence Investigations, serving as its director, until 2016. From 2016 – 2017, he returned to the U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, to serve as the senior regional security officer. Mr. Matus served as the deputy assistant secretary for the High Threat Programs Directorate from 2017 to 2019. Mr. Matus served as the acting deputy assistant secretary for Threat Investigations and Analysis, and acting director of DSS from 2019-2021. Throughout his career, he has also held temporary duty assignments throughout the world to include Haiti, Pakistan, and Brazil.
Mr. Matus is an individual recipient of the State Department’s Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, as well as many other commendations; and was twice recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps as RSO of the Year for D Company. He was most recently awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.
Mr. Matus is a Washington, DC, native. He graduated from the University of Maryland and the Inter-American Defense College, and holds a Master’s degree in Security and Hemispheric Defense from the University of Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina.