Supply guru gets TSA nomination

President Bush has nominated a former Transportation Department official and supply-chain expert to be the next leader of the Transportation Security Administration.

Bush administration officials announced last Friday that Edmund "Kip" Hawley is the administration's choice's to be the Homeland Security Department's next assistant secretary in charge of TSA. He will replace David Stone, who revealed last month that he will leave in June. Hawley will be the agency's fourth director in three years.

Hawley is a supply-chain technology consultant who lives in California. He also serves on the Air Traffic Services Committee of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hawley has both corporate and government experience. He is a former vice president for transportation services with the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Neb. Before that, he served as deputy assistant secretary and executive director of government affairs for the Transportation Department.

The nomination now goes to the Senate for confirmation.

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