I am very pleased that, including my own in December, there have been eight Senate-confirmed presidential appointments to senior-level positions within the Department of Homeland Security. I am now very pleased that President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Chip Fulghum to be our next Chief Financial Officer. Chip is a highly experienced and qualified nominee, who has served as Budget Director and Acting Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. Under his leadership, Chip will continue to act as a steward of taxpayer dollars, cutting waste while ensuring that the Department runs efficiently and effectively. I look forward to working with Chip in this important role, and thank him for his continued dedication each and every day to fulfill our critical and noble mission.