Where's Alan?

The nomination of Alan D. Bersin, a former U.S. Attorney and schools chief in San Diego, seems to have gotten hung up in the Senate.

President Obama nominated Bersin to be Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection back on Sept. 29th.  There’s been no action since then.

Bersin’s nomination was received by the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees Customs.

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, the committee chairman, apparently sees no urgency in scheduling a hearing for the head of an agency with a priority mission of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. 

Meanwhile, Bersin continues to serve as DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs. He held virtually the same job in the Clinton administration while serving as U.S. Attorney for San Diego.

Before joining DHS, Bersin was California’s education secretary.

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