Statement on the Nomination of Admiral James Loy to
be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
"I look forward to working with
Jim Loy in his new position. He is both a hands-on manager
and a strategic thinker whose
leadership will benefit the Department of Homeland Security
at a critical moment in its formation.
"The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is
threefold: to help prevent terrorist attacks, to protect
our nation's critical infrastructure, and to prepare our
response to any terrorist incident. Congress and the President
created the Department to put the myriad agencies of our
government responsible for parts of this mission under
one roof -- with one command structure and one primary
"To reap the benefits of this plan,
the 22 agencies and more than 180,000 federal employees
that now comprise our
Department of Homeland Security must become a cohesive,
fully integrated team working together to make our country
safer. This is the largest reorganization of our federal
government since the Second World War. The challenge is
formidable, yet the mission is urgent. I know that Admiral
Loy is up to it.
"Jim Loy is a proven leader and
manager. From his numerous commands stretching back to
the Vietnam War, to his senior
positions as Coast Guard Chief of Staff, Coast Guard Commandant,
and, most recently, as Administrator of the Transportation
Security Administration, Admiral Loy has taken on the most
difficult challenges and delivered results.
"These traits will serve him - and Secretary Ridge - well,
as he embarks on this new mission. I welcome his appointment."