Transportation secretary to step down

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, who served under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, will leave his post early next month.

In a letter to Bush, Mineta said he will step down July 7 to pursue other challenges. He was the only Democrat in Bush's Cabinet, after having served as Commerce secretary under Clinton.

Mineta said he is proud of how the agency responded after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, notably establishing the Transportation Security Administration in less than a year. The TSA now resides under the Homeland Security Department.

'From the earliest moments of that horrible day and for weeks and months after, the personnel of the department performed quickly, courageously and effectively,' Mineta said in his letter.

On the IT front, DOT's grades on the Federal Information Systems Management Act fluctuated greatly under Mineta's tenure. After earning an A-minus in 2004, the agency slipped to a C-minus on the most recent FISMA scorecard.

Government watchdogs have been especially rough on the Federal Aviation Administration, finding management problems with a major telecom program and security issues with the nation's air traffic control systems.

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