WASHINGTON — A former aide to U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is expected to be named to head NASA’s legislative affairs office, according to government sources.

L. Seth Statler is currently acting assistant commissioner of congressional affairs at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in the Department of Homeland Security. He previously served Hoyer as a member of the House Appropriations Committee staff, according to biographical information posted on the Web site of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which claims Statler as a member.

Prior to working for Hoyer, Statler served as a legislative aide to former U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), according to the site, which states that Statler earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.