Sun, May 08, 2005
Tough Job Ahead
The White House
nominated Edmund "Kip" Hawley on Friday to be the new head of
the Transportation Security Administration. He'll be replacing
David Stone, who will be leaving the position in June.
Hawley is currently working as a supply chain technology
consultant in California. He will be the fourth leader of the TSA
in the agency's three years. He had previously worked with the TSA
after the September 11th attacks to form teams of civilian
executives to help the agency to meet congressional deadlines.
"We're high on Mr. Hawley," James C. May, chief executive of the
Air Transport Association, said in a written statement according to
the Washington Post. "We believe he will bring a great combination
of skills and experience to the position."
Government sources told the Post that Michael P. Jackson, deputy
secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, chose Hawley.
Hawley had left his job in California in 2001 to assist with
strategies for the development of the TSA. He returned to the
private sector as the TSA began to mature.
Hawley had previously served with the Reagan administration. He
is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic
Services Committee. He previously was vice president of
transportation services for the Union Pacific Railroad.
"One reason this gentleman was picked is he has a technical
background, a private sector background," said Rep. John Mica,
R-Fla., and chairman of the House aviation subcommittee. "We're
going to do a high-tech makeover, which will rely less on personnel
and more on technology."
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