General Kelly Expected to be Nominated as Secretary of Homeland Security
According to several press accounts, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate retired General John F. Kelly to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS includes both the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agencies with significant regulatory reach over air cargo (as well as several other agencies. Nominees to lead TSA and CBP have not yet been announced - and may not be until sometime in 2017.
General Kelly spent his entire career in the military, retiring last February from the Marines. His last assignment was as head of the U.S. Southern Command. Kelly has expressed concerns about terrorism, immigration and other cross-border issues that he would oversee as DHS Secretary.
DHS, with over 240,000 employees, is the third largest Cabinet department. Kelly must be confirmed by the Senate in order to assume leadership of DHS. His confirmation hearing is not yet scheduled but could take place early in January, prior to Trump’s inauguration.