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November 2, 2006

DHS nominates new Undersecretary for Management

Filed under: DHS News,Organizational Issues — by Christian Beckner on November 2, 2006

From a DHS press statement by Sec. Chertoff sent out a few minutes ago:

President Bush has announced his intention to nominate Paul A. Schneider as Undersecretary for Management for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Once confirmed, Paul will bring a wealth of management knowledge and nearly 40 years of experience in federal service to the department.

Paul began his career in 1965 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a project engineer. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1981 and served as the deputy director of NAVSEA’S Auxiliary Systems Sub-Group. He later served as the executive director and senior civilian of the Naval Sea Systems Command and as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. In 2002, he became the Senior Acquisition Executive of the National Security Agency.

Most recently, Paul served as a defense and aerospace consultant and led a congressionally directed study for NASA and the Navy, and played a major role in the Administration’s effort to develop the plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. He holds a degree in nuclear engineering, and has been recognized with multiple distinguished civilian service awards from the Department of Defense, the Navy, and National Security Agency, as well as various Presidential Rank Awards.

I look forward to Paul’s confirmation, as well as his leadership and expertise in strengthening core management support functions for department-wide operations.

Seems like a very qualified choice. For more on Schneider, see NSA’s press release when they brought him on and this floor speech by Sen. Trent Lott about him from 2002.

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