Bush admin. nominates security undersecretary

WASHINGTON -- John Magaw was nominated by the Bush administration to become the first undersecretary of transportation for security.

His duties will include overseeing the new federal workforce for airline security.

The nomination was announced by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

Magaw, whose nomination must be approved by the Senate and whose term would be for five years, is a former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Secret Service. As head of the ATF, he reviewed and overhauled the organization in the aftermath of the Waco, Texas, and Oklahoma City tragedies.

His present post is acting executive director of the Office of National Preparedness within the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


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