Late this morning Tom Finan announced that he will soon join the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs as Senior Advisor for Intelligence, Analysis and Operations. For the last four years, Mr. Finan has served on the staff of the House Homeland Security Committee with particular responsibility for the subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment.
During Mr. Finan’s tenure with the House committee he has come to be widely recognized as a careful, courageous, and even Solomonic advocate of essential liberty and effective security. The issues are treacherous, but Mr. Finan has applied a keen intelligence, political pragmatism, and the ability to listen across boundaries and prejudices that too often impede policy-making.
Among state and local law enforcement Mr. Finan has earned real respect. A few months ago I was with a group of California police and sheriffs who seemed on the edge of literally singing his praises. In an email announcing the shift, Mr. Finan writes, “I look forward to helping make the Department an even better partner for its State, local, tribal, and private sector partners in the years ahead.”