Citizenship and Immigration Services Chief Steps Down
Updated 6:48 p.m.
By Spencer Hsu
Jonathan "Jock" Scharfen, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services since April, stepped down yesterday to become vice president of international operations for Northrop Grumman's technology services sector, continuing the Bush administration transition exodus.
Scharfen announced the move to employees last Wednesday. His acting deputy, Michael Aytes, will oversee day-to-day agency operations, spokesman Bill Wright said.
"Jock has made lasting contributions to homeland security, including processing a record number of naturalization petitions, effectively eliminating the FBI name check backlog, and welcoming thousands of Iraqi refugees that supported the U.S. overseas," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a statement thanking Scharfen for his service.
A U.S. Marine Corps lawyer and former National Security Council staffer, Scharfen joined the agency in June 2006 as deputy to its former director, Emilio T. Gonzalez, after a 25-year active duty military career and three years as counsel and deputy staff director at the House International Relations Committee.
Posted at 6:26 PM ET on Dec 2, 2008
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