The NCUA has named Joy Miller director of the agency’s new Office of Continuity and Security Management. Miller starts in her new capacity on Dec. 16.

Miller comes to the NCUA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary for security.

The NCUA created the Office of Continuity and Security Management by reallocating existing resources to one central office with the goal of improving the agency’s security and continuity activities.

“The office will also enhance the effective use of sensitive information among the agency’s staff,” the NCUA said in a press release on Wednesday.

The office begins operating on Jan. 6, 2014 and will be responsible for national continuity programs, emergency management and physical security, intelligence and information security and personnel security.    

Miller has experience with security matters after serving as senior advisor for global health security at the National Intelligence Council and senior intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and a senior public health officer in the U.S. Air Force.

The NCUA said Miller is succeeding James L. “Tab” Patrick, Jr., who is retiring as director of the Division of Strategic and Continuity Planning after spending more than 13 years with the agency and 45 years in government service.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, a master’s from the University of California, Davis, and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University.