updated 8/14/2007 10:00:40 AM ET 2007-08-14T14:00:40

The Transportation Security Administration, which oversees security at the nation's airports, said Monday it named a new No. 2 official leading the agency's security efforts.

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Ray White, formerly acting federal security director at Dallas Love Field, was named the agency's deputy assistant administrator for security operations.

White reports to Morris McGowan, the TSA's assistant administrator for security operations. He replaces Earl Morris, who returned to an earlier post as federal security director at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Last week, the government proposed a new version of its airline passenger screening program, stripped of the data mining that aroused privacy concerns and led Congress to block earlier versions. The third version of the program drew positive reviews from privacy advocates and members of Congress who had objected to more elaborate earlier plans.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff also announced that starting six months from now airlines operating international flights such as AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc. will be required to send the government their passenger list data before the planes take off rather than afterward, as is now the case.

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