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Reports: White House Eyes Chad Wolf for DHS Acting Secretary Role

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Chad Wolf
Chad Wolf

President Trump is considering appointing Chad Wolf, acting undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans at the Department of Homeland Security, to lead DHS on an acting basis, Politico reported Thursday.

The report said Wolf could succeed the outgoing Kevin McAleenan, who has held the DHS acting secretary role since April and plans to remain with the department through Nov. 7.

Wolf oversees the development and coordination of homeland security policies and strategies in his current capacity. He previously served as chief of staff at the DHS and the Transportation Security Administration. He also worked at public policy consultancy Wexler & Walker as vice president and senior director.

CNN reported Thursday Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, and acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan were considered as potential nominees for the interim DHS leadership post.

Federal law requires that a government official must have served under the former Senate-confirmed department secretary for at least 90 days to be considered to the job, the report noted.

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