DOT Begins Recruiting Federal Security Directors for Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Transportation Security Administration has started recruiting federal security directors to oversee security at the nation’s top airports. The directors will lead federal security operations–including passenger and baggage and cargo screening, and protection of aircraft and secured airport areas–at each airport. They will also be responsible for hiring and training federal security employees. All federal law enforcement activity at the airports will be coordinated with local authorities.

“Airport federal security directors will be the front line leaders of the Transportation Security Administration and key to rebuilding the confidence and comfort of the traveling public,” said Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. “These directors will have the authority and the resources to ensure that effective security surrounds civil aviation operations at each airport, so we are seeking law enforcement and security professionals with demonstrated leadership skills for this demanding responsibility.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have a relatively small Washington headquarters. Most of the agency’s more than 30,000 members will be based at airports throughout the nation

In the initial phase, federal security directors will be recruited for the nation’s 81 largest airports. Recruitment for positions at the nation’s remaining 429 airports will proceed in a parallel process managed by the department.

The Department of Transportation has contracted with Korn/Ferry International to assist with the search for qualified federal security director candidates. The Web site has been established for information and applications.

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