President Bush on May 6 announced his candidate to take over
as head of the Transportation Security Administration.
If approved, Edmund Hawley, a California-based supply chain
technology consultant, will succeed David Stone as the fourth leader of the TSA
in as many years. Stone announced his resignation earlier this year.
TSA has come under fire from the trucking industry recently
for privatizing some security services, such as fingerprinting and background
checks. Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff is reportedly considering
restructuring the entire department, including TSA.
Hawley is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration
Air Traffic Services Committee, and most recently served as vice president of
transportation services for Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, NE.
Though much of Hawley’s experience comes from the private
sector, he is no stranger to government work. He previously served as deputy
assistant secretary and executive director of government affairs for the
Department of Transportation.
Hawley also worked as chief executive officer for Arzoon
Inc., a San Mateo, CA-based global trade management company.