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Deputy Security Official Leaving Post

The White House announced today that the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security, Deputy Secretary Gordon England, would return to his previous job as Navy secretary, only seven months after he was confirmed to the domestic security post. The move surprised many at the Homeland Security Department, where Mr. England, a former defense industry executive, was responsible for the logistics of the consolidation of 22 agencies. The new department, which has an estimated 170,000 employees, came into being only a week before Mr. England’s confirmation by the Senate in January. Administration officials said the decision to return Mr. England to the Pentagon, where he had been Navy secretary from May 2001 until this January, had been with his agreement and did not reflect any serious management clash with Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge. Full Story

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