Erroll Southers would be the fifth man to run the Transportation Security Administration, which was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to a Capitol Hill aide. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide did not want to speak publicly about it before the announcement has been made.
White House Spokesman Nick Shapiro said Friday that the administration has no plans to announce any nomination for the TSA post at this time.
The TSA is best known for airport security, which includes screening passengers and luggage for dangerous materials, like ingredients to make a liquid bomb.
As head of TSA, Southers would oversee a workforce of 50,000 airport screeners and be a main player in the discussions about whether to let them join a labor union.