WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Magaw resigned as head of the new agency that protects the transportation system from terrorists, leaving his successor to meet looming deadlines for tighter security at airports.
Magaw said Thursday he resigned as head of the Transportation Security Administration for health reasons. But a Bush administration official with knowledge of the situation said Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta asked Magaw to leave.
Taking his place will be Adm. James Loy, Magaw's deputy who previously served as Coast Guard commandant. Loy now faces a Nov. 19 deadline to replace private passenger screeners at U.S. airports with an all-federal work force, and a Dec. 31 deadline for making sure airports inspect all checked bags for explosives.
Concern about lack of progress in meeting those deadlines and the size of the agency will be the focus of a congressional hearing on Tuesday.
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