Senate aides close to the issue said the White House informed several senators that Bush would appoint Tracy Henke, currently Acting Assistant Attorney General, as executive director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security and Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Myers — the niece of former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard Myers and wife of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s Chief of Staff, John Wood — has faced some bipartisan opposition. Myers also worked as Chertoff’s chief of staff briefly.
The looming recess appointments arrive as the White House comes under increasing scrutiny for its nomination process following the resignation of former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown last fall. Democrats and watchdog groups, as well as federal investigators, are also placing renewed scrutiny on how the Bush administration has chosen nominees as a result of the Department of Justice investigation into former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal charges that included illegally aiding individuals to gain nominations to key executive branch offices.