Transportation security chief appointed
- By Megan Lisagor
- Jan 08, 2002
Security screener jobs
President Bush on Jan. 7 used a recess appointment to install former Secret
Service chief John Magaw as undersecretary of Transportation for security.
Magaw will head the Transportation Security Administration, chartered
by Congress to improve aviation security in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist
The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created the agency,
mandates Magaw take control of airline security no later than Feb. 17, according
to Paul Takemoto, agency spokesman.
Other requirements Magaw faces in his new post include ensuring that
the screening of all checked bags for explosives begins Jan. 18 and that
an explosives detection system is in place by the end of the year.
He also is responsible for hiring about 31,000 security screeners, Takemoto
The Transportation Department has employed Korn/Ferry International
to assist with recruiting federal security directors for the nation's 81
largest airports, according to a jointly operated Web site, www.dot-tsa.gov.
Magaw comes to the Transportation Security Administration from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, where he was acting director of the Office
of National Preparedness a position turned over to Bruce Baughman. Before
joining FEMA, Magaw was director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
During his tenure at the Secret Service, which began in 1967, Magaw
rose in the ranks to become director in 1992.
"The skills he has developed over the course of his stellar career will
prove instrumental as he goes about the job of rebuilding public trust and
confidence in our transportation systems," Transportation Secretary Norman
Mineta said at Magaw's Senate confirmation hearing Dec. 20. The Senate did
not confirm him before adjourning, leading to the recess appointment. Bush
had nominated Magaw Dec. 13.