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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  | Category:  The Exodus
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This is blatant revolving door employment. Mr. Scharfen leaves CIS where he oversaw the Application Support Center Contract, (ASC). The ASC contract is held by Northrop Grumman Technology Services. The ASCs do the fingerprinting and biometrics capture for immigrants applying for benefits administered by the U.S. CIS.

Posted by: CharlesMartel2 | December 6, 2008 2:50 PM


I am actually registered Independent, and if there were this type of issue with any other President "Elect"-- even if McCain had won -- I would be making the same argument.

Posted by: JakeD | December 3, 2008 1:07 PM

Thank the Lord the Immigration chief is stepping down. At 77 with all my family already in the USA and after four years of frustration, no criminal record and being sponsored I still await the magic green card to allow me to spend my declining years with family. Much easier to swim the Rio Grande and do it illegally.

Posted by: bowil | December 3, 2008 12:13 PM

Your plea would be a lot more credible if I had seen you demanding that "the Constitution must be followed to the letter" during the past eight years.

Posted by: freidlyb | December 3, 2008 11:49 AM


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Posted by: AJAX2 | December 3, 2008 11:01 AM

Tell me, JakeD, how many other presidents-elect have had their birth certificates verified? I'll bet you can't name one! You Republicans just never stop if you don't get your way. Didn't your parents teach you how to "play" nice??

Posted by: jdevine33 | December 3, 2008 10:34 AM

Could Chertoff get someone else to verify Obama's citizenship?

Posted by: JakeD
You lost get over it. learn this phrase "good morning Mr President Obama"

Posted by: woodard3 | December 3, 2008 10:04 AM

Could Chertoff get someone else to verify Obama's citizenship?

Posted by: JakeD | December 2, 2008 6:30 PM

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