Loy Nominated for No. 2 Post at DHS

Loy Nominated for No. 2 Post at DHS

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

The Transportation Security Administration isn''t even two years old and it is due to get its third director.

President Bush nominated James M. Loy to be the deputy secretary of homeland security, a new No. 2 post in the Department of Homeland Security, just eight months after Loy became head of the TSA. There was no immediate nomination of a replacement.

Loy replaced the controversial John W. Magaw as the Department of Transportation''s under secretary for security in mid-2002. He won praise from the freight transportation industry for what company executives said was a more rational approach to transportation security, including consultation with the industry.

"I''m disappointed in some respects because I think Loy''s done some good things in the short time he''s been at TSA," Airforwarders Association Executive Director David Wirsing said.

Although Loy''s supporters lamented his departure, they also are pleased that someone with transportation security experience is moving into the top ranks at DHS.

"No one knows better than Adm. Loy where the gaping holes are in our airline security system," said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., an outspoken air cargo security advocate. "I only hope that he can now convince the Bush administration to plug these holes using whatever resources necessary to make our passengers safer."

Loy oversaw TSA''s move in March from within the Department of Transportation to Homeland Security. Before taking on that role, Loy spent four years as the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in May 2002.

Loy will replace Gordon R. England as the Department of Homeland Security''s deputy secretary. England returned Oct. 1 to his post as secretary of the Navy after filling the homeland security post since January.

Deputy Administrator Steven McHale is serving as acting administrator at TSA.