Mineta nominates security undersecretary

| 12/12/2001

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 Award.