The Department of Homeland Security appears likely to lose its No. 2 official within weeks of the departure of its No. 1.
James M. Loy, the department's deputy secretary, plans to stay until March 1 or until a successor is confirmed, the agency said yesterday. Secretary Tom Ridge, who announced his resignation from the Cabinet late last month, plans to leave by Feb. 1 if his replacement has been lined up.
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In a statement yesterday, Ridge praised Loy as "an extraordinary public servant" and said Loy "was the first federal official to offer me his support" when Ridge worked in the White House on homeland security.
Loy, a former Coast Guard commandant and career officer, has won praise as an innovative manager from industry, public policy groups and members of Congress. Rep. JohnL. Mica (R-Fla.) once dubbed Loy the Bush administration's "Mr. Fix-It," and Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) said yesterday that Loy had distinguished himself as "a successful hands-on manager."
As the No. 2 at Homeland Security, Loy served as the point person for day-to-day operations. He has helped oversee planning for the department's new pay and personnel system, which will affect about 110,000 civil service employees. The regulations, which probably will be released next month, will most likely limit the range of issues that unions can bargain over and revamp how homeland employees are paid and promoted.
Loy has spent about 40 years in government service, including 10 years as an executive in Washington. "Admiral Loy has decided it is time to move on to the next chapter of his life and is looking forward to spending more time with his family," Katy Mynster, his spokesman, said.
Pay Raise Reminder
Eight Maryland Democrats urged President Bush yesterday to quickly issue an executive order to implement the 3.5 percent pay raise that Congress approved for federal employees. The raise will take effect in January.
"Delaying this pay raise . . . only serves to perpetuate the notion that our nation's civil servants are less than a priority for this administration," the Democrats said in a letter to Bush. "Therefore, we hope that you will implement the pay raise as soon as possible."
The letter was signed by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes and Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, Benjamin L. Cardin, Albert R. Wynn, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Chris Van Hollen.
Dec. 31 Retirements
Mary Davis, assistant director for legislative affairs with the U.S. Forest Service, will retire after almost 39 years of federal service. In her first job with the Navy, she was housed in the "temporary" World War II offices on the Mall, then transferred to the National Archives before joining the Forest Service.
Anna Fay Dixon, the GAO-OIG liaison for the chief financial officer at the Department of Homeland Security, will retire after 35 years of federal service, including stints at the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department.
Andrew S. Glista Jr. will retire from the Naval Air Systems Command after 36 years of government service. He served as a technology manager in the avionics department.
Don Heffernan, chief information officer at the General Service Administration's Federal Supply Service, will retire after 30 years of service at GSA. After several years in personnel, he switched to a career in technology, and his first project, in 1995, brought the Internet to every desk in GSA.
Richard Roscoe, senior legislative adviser in the office of congressional relations for the Government Accountability Office, will retire after more than 34 years of federal service.
John Sanet, an expert on the requirements of the Privacy Act, is retiring from the Office of Personnel Management after 31 years of federal service.
Ruby J. Gore, an administrative management specialist at the Federal Communications Commission, will retire after 36 1/2 years of federal service.
Diane P. Matthews, an administrative management specialist at the Federal Communications Commission, will retire after 38 1/2 years of federal service.