Beyond the Beltway, scaling back the federal workforce probably polls as well as a North Korean politician seeking reelection. However, the transition places tremendous responsibility on former number-twos at federal agencies – especially U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
Building a wall – CBP. Vetting inbound travelers – CBP. Engaging fair trade rules – CBP. Drug interdiction – CBP.
McAleenan, a Bush appointee who shifted to a career track, is beloved by 60,000 employees and respected by security insiders. He’d make an excellent permanent commissioner, but for now he has one of the country’s most interesting – and important – jobs.