President Barack Obama is expected today to formally nominate former Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson to be secretary of homeland security, according to a report by the Daily Beast
and confirmed by NBC News
and other news organizations.
Rand Beers has been serving as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security since mid-August, when Janet Napolitano left to become president of the University of California system.
Johnson, 56, would be the first African-American to lead DHS.
He was the Pentagon's top lawyer between 2009 and 2012 and reportedly made important rulings regarding counterterrorism policy, the use of drones and the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military.
During the Clinton administration, Johnson served as general counsel of the Air Force from 1998 to 2001. Previously, he served as a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to NBC