New Commissioner Named
R. Gil Kerlikowske was confirmed unanimously by the Senate yesterday as the new Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. According to the Washington Post, "Kerlikowske has an extensive background in law enforcement. Besides serving as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy since 2009, he was Seattle's police chief for more than eight years. He also led police departments in Buffalo, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, Fla., in addition to working for two years as deputy director of the Justice Department's community-oriented policing division during the Clinton administration." Kerlikowske appears committed to increasing Customs’ efficiency to further facilitate movement of goods across U.S. borders.