Nominee picked to replace Napolitano at DHS

Jeh Johnson

The White House is set to nominate a former Pentagon lawyer to replace Janet Napolitano as secretary of Homeland Security, according to multiple reports.

President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson on Friday to take the DHS helm, according to Oct. 17 reports in the Daily Beast and other media outlets. Johnson served as general counsel at the Defense Department during Obama's first term.

If nominated and confirmed, Johnson would be the fourth DHS secretary in the Department's 10-year history. Napolitano stepped down in September to become president of the University of California System.

According to the Defense Department, Johnson was appointed general counsel on Feb. 10, 2009. In that capacity, he served as the chief legal DOD and the legal adviser to the secretary of Defense. He stepped down to return to private practice in December 2012.

Johnson began his career in public service as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he focused on public corruption cases.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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