McHale Leaves TSA

McHale Leaves TSA

Copyright 2004, Traffic World, Inc.

Stephen McHale, the deputy administrator who oversaw the federal government''s takeover of aviation security, is the latest official to leave the Transportation Security Administration. TSA Chief of Staff Carol DiBattiste is taking over as deputy administrator.

McHale had been with TSA since its beginning and led the transition of the TSA from its first home at the Department of Transportation to the new Department of Homeland Security.

In the chief of staff job, DiBattiste oversaw TSA''s operations, including its budget and accountability programs. The former Holland & Knight law partner joined TSA in 2003. DiBattiste is a former undersecretary for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. attorney.

TSA''s Acting Administrator David Stone praised McHale.

"He is a professional, and his contributions to TSA''s mission in the war on terrorism are greatly appreciated," Stone said.

McHale said he was leaving to spend more time with his family and eventually to look for a job in the private sector. McHale spent 23 years working for the federal government. He previously worked at the Treasury and Justice Departments, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

"I am immensely proud of this organization and what we have accomplished," McHale said. "If you assess how much security has been strengthened in a short two and a half years, the phenomenal work done by TSA''s dedicated employees becomes obvious."

McHale is one of a number of high profile departures the TSA has seen in the 17 months since the agency moved to DHS.

TSA''s second administrator James Loy, a Coast Guard admiral, left TSA after eight months when he was promoted to be the deputy secretary of DHS. Loy''s much-criticized predecessor was John Magaw, a former Secret Service head.

Another high-profile departure from TSA''s cargo staff was Elaine Dezenski. She was the agency''s director of maritime, land and cargo policy. Like Loy, Dezenski also works at DHS now, as the agency''s director of cargo and trade policy.