- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

President Bush will nominate two veteran federal law-enforcement officials to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Secret Service, key offices within the Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said W. Ralph Basham, the director and 29-year Secret Service veteran, will be named to serve as CBP commissioner, and Mark Sullivan, a 23-year Secret Service veteran, has been picked to head that agency.

“President Bush has identified two exceptional law-enforcement professionals for key positions at the Department of Homeland Security,” Mr. Chertoff said. “Both men are vastly experienced and highly decorated members of the federal law-enforcement community, who have each made significant contributions to our nation’s security.”

Mr. Basham was sworn in as the 21st director of the Secret Service in January 2003. He also served as director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and chief of staff of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He has held supervisory positions in both protective and investigative assignments, serving as special agent in charge of field offices in Cleveland and Washington.

At TSA, he was responsible for the agency’s administrative division, including financial management, personnel, procurement and strategic planning. In 1998, he was appointed director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., and Artesia, N.M., which provide training for nearly all of the nation’s federal law-enforcement officers.

In January 2002, Mr. Basham was named chief of staff for TSA, where he oversaw the hiring of federal security directors for the nation’s 429 airports.

Mr. Sullivan’s appointment will follow Mr. Basham’s successful confirmation, Mr. Chertoff said.

A 23-year veteran of the Secret Service, Mr. Sullivan served as assistant director for the Office of Protective Operations and has held several senior investigative and protective management positions. Mr. Basham appointed Mr. Sullivan to the position of deputy director on Friday.

“Ralph’s extensive law-enforcement career, his work internationally and within several components of the department make him a superb fit to lead CBP’s vital mission,” Mr. Chertoff said. “Mark would be promoted to lead the Secret Service, where he has held critical leadership roles with the greatest distinction.”

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