Bush nominates TSA head from private sector

| 5/9/2005

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.