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May 4, 2006

DHS Asst. Secretary Pam Turner resigns

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on May 4, 2006

A statement this afternoon from Sec. Chertoff:

Pam Turner has announced her resignation as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, effective the end of May. Pam has been the department’s ambassador to the House and Senate since day one. She has earned deep respect among Congressional members and staff for her sharp intellect, tremendous professionalism and genuine candor.

I have relied heavily on Pam for trusted counsel on several of the top issues facing the department. She was invaluable to our work with Congress on priorities like the Second Stage Review, Secure Border Initiative and retooling FEMA. Pam was also a primary architect for building a structure at the department, and among component agencies, for maintaining strong ties with Congress on day-to-day activities and long-term planning.

I am grateful to Pam for her service to our country and for her lasting role in helping to stand up the department.

Turner’s bio is here.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 4, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

Proof as they say is in the pudding. In this case since the passage of the Homeland Security Act the primary role of the DHS legislative staff has been to prevent the passage of legislation. They succeeded. Even technical amendments that might of assisted the department, like substitution of the Secretary DHS for predecessors like the Director of FEMA in various substantive statutes were not accomplished. No need to ask why the trains don’t run on time.

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