Draft bill continues reshuffling
- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Jul 22, 2005
The administration has drafted legislation needed to implement secretary Michael Chertoff's second-stage review plan to shake up the Homeland Security Department, which likely will be introduced by a member of Congress shortly, officials said.
The draft bill creates an undersecretary for policy position and a new Policy Directorate.
The draft legislation eliminates the Border and Transportation Security Directorate and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.
The assistant secretary for the Transportation Security Administration will become the TSA director under the bill. The assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement will become the commissioner of ICE. The commissioner of Customs will become the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.
All three incumbents will report directly to the DHS secretary.
The undersecretary for emergency preparedness and response will become the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The DHS secretary will become last in line to succeed the president of the United States after all other Cabinet members. Succession is by seniority of the creation of the departments, after the vice president, the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate.