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JAMES BUSEY SWORN IN AS DEPUTY SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION

 JAMES BUSEY SWORN IN AS DEPUTY SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Retired Navy Adm. James B. Busey IV, who spent two-and-a-half years directing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), was sworn in today as the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was nominated by President Bush on Nov. 20 and confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 26.
 "Jim Busey has been an important part of the department since 1989," Secretary of Transportation Samuel K. Skinner, who presided at the swearing-in ceremony, said. "The dedication he brought to the FAA as its administrator is exactly what we look for in a deputy. I am pleased that he has accepted the challenge."
 In his new position, Busey will be the chief operating officer of a 106,000-employee organization with a $30 billion budget. He will be responsible for program and policy guidance over surface, sea and air transportation.
 As administrator of the FAA, Busey directed a work force whose responsibilities included the certification of aircraft, airmen and airports and the operation and maintenance of the air traffic control system. The agency also oversees aviation security at U.S. airports, administers a $1 billion-plus annual grant program and is implementing a multi-billion dollar program to modernize the National Airspace System.
 Busey served for two years as commander-in-chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and commander-in-chief of Allied Forces in Southern Europe, a NATO Command, prior to his retirement from the Navy in 1989.
 He enlisted in the Navy in 1952, was then assigned to the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and received his commission and Navy Wings of Gold in August 1954.
 Busey's 37-year career as a naval officer included tours in Vietnam in 1967-68, where he received the Navy Cross for combat action. Other key assignments included a tour in Washington following his promotion to rear admiral in 1979, where he served successfully as the auditor general of the Navy and the deputy chief of naval materials, resource management.
 Following an operational flying assignment in California, he was promoted to vice admiral and returned to Washington in July 1983 as commander of the Naval Air Systems Command. In 1985, he was appointed vice chief of naval operations and promoted to full admiral.
 Busey is a native of Urbana, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois in Urbana and the Naval Postgraduate School where he received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in management.
 He is married to the former Jean Cole of Sidney, Ill. They have two married daughters and one son.
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