U.S. Transportation Secretary
Norman Y. Mineta has announced John Magaw as the first Under Secretary of
Transportation Security. If the Senate confirms his nomination, Magaw will
head a new transportation security agency that will be responsible for protecting
airports, highways, trains, buses, ports and waterways.
Magaw is currently the
Acting Executive Director of the Office of National Preparedness within the
Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a former director of the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the U.S. Secret Service.
Magaw was selected to
head the ATF as the organization emerged from the crisis following the Branch
Davidian and Oklahoma City bombing tragedies.
A native of Columbus,
OH, Magaw holds a bachelor's of science degree in education from Otterbein
College in Westerville, OH. He received the 1991 and 1999 Presidential Rank
Meritorious Award and, in 1995, received the Presidential Rank Distinguished