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Mr. Saif M. Khan Appointed Selective Service System Chief of Staff

Mr. Saif M. Khan Appointed Selective Service System Chief of Staff

ROSSLYN, VA: Selective Service System Acting Director Joel C. Spangenberg has appointed Saif M. Khan to a key role in the Biden-Harris Administration as the Agency’s Chief of Staff.

“It is an honor to serve in this capacity with the Selective Service System and work alongside such a knowledgeable and dedicated team of professionals at a time when the Agency is modernizing and undergoing a significant transformational change. I am excited to be here and contribute to this important endeavor. In today’s dynamic and challenging national security environment it is critical that we maintain readiness in support of the Department of Defense,” Mr. Khan said.

Mr. Khan, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, most recently served as Attorney Advisor to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, providing legal aid and managing portfolios for naturalization requests, deported veterans, and the reentry for formerly incarcerated veterans. He began working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2018 as an attorney advisor at the Board of Veterans Appeals.

“Mr. Khan is an exceptional leader and strategist who brings a wealth of knowledge, insights, and experience to the Selective Service System. We are pleased that he has joined our team and will help us modernize the Agency, strengthen its readiness, and further instill a culture that fosters diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for all employees,” said Acting Director Spangenberg.

In 2013, Mr. Khan founded American Veterans Committee, a non-profit military veterans’ organization that promotes networking among veterans and assists active military personnel transitioning to civilian life.

Mr. Khan served eight years in the Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer, deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received numerous commendations for his service, including the Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals; and the National Defense Service Medal.

Mr. Khan earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and his juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. More recently, he earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, CA.


Federal law requires all male citizens, as well as male non-citizens residing in the U.S., to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. At 26, a man becomes too old to register. Those who do not comply are ineligible for numerous federally funded benefits, educational benefits, job training, government employment, and U.S. citizenship for male immigrants.
Selective Service seeks volunteers to serve on Selective Service Local Boards. Interested citizen-volunteers can apply at
For more information about Registration or the Selective Service, please call the Public and Intergovernmental Affairs office at (703) 605-4100.