Principal Federal Official [PFO] Law and Legal Definition

Principal federal official (PFO) means the federal official deputed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to act as his/her representative to a restricted area of the body. PFO is to oversee, coordinate, and execute the secretary’s incident management responsibilities under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 for incidents of national significance. PFO also works towards promoting collaboration and resolving any Federal interagency conflict that may arise.