Dorene F. Erhard began her career with the Federal Government in New York, New York in 1970, with the then Treasury Department's Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division of the
Internal Revenue Service (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In 1972, she transferred to the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC where she held positions drafting explosives and firearms regulations, overseeing research and development efforts on the tagging of explosive materials, and planning and analysis for the ATF Assistant Director for Law Enforcement.
Ms. Erhard transferred in 1987 to the position of Senior Advisor to the Director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, charged with overseeing economic sanctions
programs and freezing assets of hostile foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers. This national security and foreign policy-related position was followed in 1999 by service on the newly formed Office of Professional Responsibility assigned to Treasury's Under Secretary for Enforcement. Her duties included oversight of operations of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture; review of departmental studies on the United States Secret Service and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; and service on an interagency working group to develop and implement the Federal Government's General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan. In 2001, Ms. Erhard was appointed to act as the Chief of Staff to the Acting Under Secretary for Enforcement during the transition from the Clinton to the Bush Administration. Initially expected to be a three-month detail, the term extended to ten months due to delays in the confirmation of the new Treasury Under Secretary. Shortly after the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) following the tragic events of 9/11, Ms. Erhard transferred to assist in the set-up of the new agency and remained with TSA until her retirement in 2005 as Director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat supporting the TSA Administrator.
In addition to her position on the WIFLE Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, since her retirement, Ms. Erhard has served as Co-Editor of Women in Federal Law Enforcement E-News.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.