Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security in his incoming administration, according to published reports.
Various reports said Napolitano was being formally vetted and her nomination would be announced when that process is complete.
Napolitano's appointment would leave the secretary of state of Arizona in the governor's office pending an election. U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, a former head of the transportation department in Arizona, is among those reported to be interested in running for the governor's office.
There have been no public reports yet of potential nominees at key DHS posts, including the Transportation Security Administration.