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Ervin, Beers to Lead Homeland Security Review for Transition

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News Congressional Quarterly 14 November 2008

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President-elect Barack Obama's transition team named two men -- including DHS's first inspector general -- to lead the group that will review the Department of Homeland Security and make personnel and policy suggestions.

Clark Kent Ervin, now director of the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program, served as the department's first IG from 2003 to 2004.

Before that, he was inspector general at the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, from August 2001 to January 2003.

The other team leader, Robert R. Beers, is president of the National Security Network, a liberal communications strategy group focusing on national security. He served as assistant secretary of State for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs from 1998 to 2002 and as a member of the White House National Security Council staff from 1988 to 1998 and 2002 to 2003.

Beers was Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's national security adviser in 2004.

The role of the Agency Review Teams is to conduct reviews that provide information to Obama and other key players on budget, personnel and policy matters.

Sarah Sewall is responsible for overseeing the review process for all of the national security components for the transition: the departments of Homeland Security, Defense and State, foreign assistance, and the intelligence community.