Federal Eye: New pressure to get a Customs commissioner

Three former directors of the nation’s border patrol agency have called on senators to quickly confirm a new leader for Customs and Border Protection, arguing lawmakers have delayed action on a critical national security pick for too long.

President Obama nominated Alan D. Bersin to serve as CBP commissioner in September. He currently serves as
Homeland Security assistant secretary of international affairs and
served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California during
the Clinton years.

The nomination will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee, which has yet to schedule a hearing. Meanwhile, Raymond Kelly, Robert Bonner and W. Ralph Basham — who led the agency from 1998 to 2009 — are growing impatient.

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