According to a press release by Sec. Chertoff, Asst. Secretary for Strategic Plans Randy Beardsworth, one of the last folks left from the original senior-level team at DHS, has decided to resign from his job:
Randy Beardsworth has announced his resignation as Assistant Secretary for Strategic Plans for the Department of Homeland Security, effective September 29, 2006. Randy played an integral part in standing-up this department and melding of 22 agencies into a cohesive unit.
Randyâ€™s service to the department dates back to December of 2002, when he joined the Transition Office after a career with the Coast Guard. His experience and expertise were vital to the design and development of the new Department of Homeland Security. Randy also filled the critical role of Acting Under Secretary for the former Border and Transportation Security Directorate during its final days as a component within the department.