Asa Hutchinson Named to SAFLINK Board

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - Asa Hutchinson, a former Department of Homeland Security undersecretary and congressman from Arkansas, has been named to the board of directors of SAFLINK Corp.

"We are honored to be working with a visionary such as Secretary Hutchinson," said SAFLINK chief executive Glenn Argenbright said in a news release Monday. "He is a pioneer in the security and credentialing market, having responsibility for some of the most important security programs in our industry."

The company, based in this Seattle suburb, makes biometric and so-called "smart card" security products.

Hutchinson was confirmed by the Senate in January 2003 as the nation's first undersecretary of homeland security for border and transportation security. He resigned in January after being passed over twice by the White House for head of the agency.

He was previously head of the Drug Enforcement Administration for two years and was elected to three terms in the House.

Hutchinson, 54, said earlier this month that he had agreed to become head of the homeland security practice of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Venable LLP while living in Little Rock, Ark. On Saturday he announced he would run for governor of Arkansas.

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