President Bush has formally nominated Bernard Kerik to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
At the White House on Friday, Mr. Bush praised the former police commissioner, who headed the New York City Police Department during the Sept 11th terrorist attacks on the United States three years ago.
Some analysts say Mr. Kerik's lack of political experience may be a disadvantage in the government's top domestic-security post. But Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York praised the nomination, saying Mr. Kerik will fight for needed homeland security resources.
Also today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced his resignation from Mr. Bush's cabinet. His resignation brings to eight the number of the president's 15-member cabinet who have stepped down since President Bush was re-elected last month.