top official at the Department of Homeland Security has resigned from the
outlets reported that the official, Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of border
and transportation security, sent a resignation letter to President George W.
Bush after the president passed him over a second time for the top post in the
Homeland Security Department.
has served in his current position since January 2003, according to the
Homeland Security Department. The Arkansas native has served previously as a
U.S. attorney, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and three terms
in the U.S. House.
Homeland Security, his duties included supervising the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and
Associated Press, quoting an
anonymous Homeland Security official, said Hutchinson submitted his letter of
resignation Monday, Jan. 24.