Transportation IG Mead steps down

After serving two presidents, Transportation Department inspector general Kenneth Mead will leave his post next month.

Mead submitted his resignation Monday in a letter to President Bush, adding that serving as IG has been an honor.

'The opportunities to see positive outcomes and results for the traveling public and taxpayer have been enormously satisfying,' he told the president.

Mead came to Transportation in 1997 under former secretary Rodney Slater'a 'substantial tenure for an inspector general at a cabinet-level agency,' he said.

During his service, Mead has been critical of the department's IT system security, most recently raising concerns with the security of the Federal Aviation Administration's air-traffic control systems.

Transportation secretary Norman Mineta said Mead was a tireless advocate for the taxpayer.

'Thanks to his efforts, we are all better at the work we do making the nation's transportation system as safe and efficient as possible,' Mineta said. 'He will be remembered for his contributions and distinguished public service.'

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