Doug Bedell — December 18, 2013, 12:17 pm

Johnson Confirmed as Homeland Security Chief

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a new director. The Senate Monday confirmed Jeh Johnson as secretary of Homeland Security to succeed Janet Napolitano, who resigned earlier this year to head the University of California system. The Senate vote to approve Johnson as her successor was 78-to-16.

Johnson, notes Government Security News, has a strong background as a federal prosecutor and as the chief attorney for the U.S. Air Force and later for the entire U.S. Defense Department. Close to a dozen other top Homeland Security posts remain vacant, however.

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