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Analysis:Homeland officials set to leave

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is set to leave the agency he set up, several former administration officials said, an exit that looks likely to be just one of a series of departures by senior officials at the troubled organization over the next few months. “I think at some point in the next year Ridge will leave unless he is offered another post” in the Cabinet, a former official told United Press International. Another former official, who spoke to Ridge at a recent social function, confirmed Ridge hoped to move on, either to another Cabinet post or into the private sector. “He sounded like a man looking forward to the next phase of his career,” the former official said. Those close to Ridge point out that ethics regulations mean he cannot legally discuss his plans until he has put on record his intent to seek employment elsewhere. The provision, designed to prevent conflicts of interest arising, also has the effect of stifling discussion of the subject within the department, and making those privy to officials’ plans chary of discussing them, especially on the record. Full Story

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