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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of John Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration. Republicans and Democrats have praised the choice of Pistole, deputy director of the FBI and a career civil servant, to lead an agency with a complicated mission and workforce morale issues. He is Obama's third pick to head TSA; the agency has been without a permanent leader for more than a year.

During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Pistole would not say whether he supported giving collective bargaining rights to security screeners -- a controversial topic within the agency. He said he would prioritize TSA's security work if confirmed, while acknowledging that doing so must be balanced with protecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of U.S. citizens.

 

Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.

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