Magaw quits as TSA head; Loy takes over

Magaw quits as TSA head; Loy takes over

John W. Magaw, head of the Transportation Security Administration since Jan. 28, resigned today.

James M. Loy, a retired Coast Guard commandant who recently joined TSA as the deputy undersecretary and chief operating officer, will take over Magaw's position of undersecretary of transportation security.

Magaw was asked to resign by Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta because his methods were not producing results, according to the Washington Post.

"Loy, who has a reputation as a savvy politician and a good organizer, had been appointed to the No. 2 post at TSA in May."

'We are extremely fortunate that Jim Loy has agreed to serve as our new head of the TSA,' Mineta said.

The resignation comes when TSA is preparing to award a $1 billion, seven-year contract for procuring servers, wireless devices, handheld PCs, land mobile radios, and voice, telecommunications and help desk services.

Announcement of the award, scheduled for July 25, has been anticipated since the agency was formed in November, when President Bush signed the Aviation and Security Act. The law makes TSA responsible for securing the nation's transportation systems.

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