Chris Fredericks is the deputy chief financial officer of the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective March 18, 2019.
In his position, Fredericks assists the chief financial officer in providing guidance on the management and oversight of all financial, budgetary, accounting, and fee-setting processes of the Copyright Office.
Prior to joining the Copyright Office, Fredericks served for fifteen years with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which he joined as a presidential management fellow in 2004. At DHS, he served in a wide range of budget and financial operations roles both at DHS headquarters and with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) component, where he was the chief of budget and planning from 2012 to 2019. In this role, he oversaw the entire range of USCIS budget, fee-setting, revenue, cost analysis, and organizational performance measurement functions.
Before joining the federal civil service, Fredericks worked in the international education exchange field, serving as a program officer and finance officer for the New York City field office of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD).
Fredericks holds a bachelor of arts in German from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and a master of public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. He also completed the chief financial officer leadership certificate from the National Defense University, College of Information and Cyberspace.
About the USCO
Copyright functions were first centralized within the Library of Congress in 1870 and, in 1897, Congress created the position of Register of Copyrights. The Register of Copyrights serves by appointment of, and under the general direction of, the Librarian of Congress. Congress enacted the first federal Copyright Act in 1790 in accordance with Article 1, section 8 of the United States Constitution, “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”