Head of transportation security appointed

| 1/9/2002

President George W. Bush has appointed John Magaw as Under Secretary for Transportation Security. Magaw will serve as the head of the newly authorized Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for protecting airports, highways, trains, buses, ports and waterways nationwide.

Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta hailed the decision. "John Magaw is a superb appointment," Mineta said. "He brings decades of wisdom, experience and leadership to our new Transportation Security Administration."

Magaw, a native of Columbus, OH, was most recently 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.