David Olive

David Olive focuses his blogging primarily on the “business of homeland security” — the interaction of the private sector with the Department of Homeland Security and other national security agencies.

Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners, a Washington D.C based government relations and public affairs firm with an emphasis on homeland security and national security issues. He previously served as Chief of Staff for then Representative Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) in the 106th Congress. Hutchinson, the former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, served as the first Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security.

Olive’s government relations and business development clients have included Acxiom, Boeing, Sabre, Travelocity, SAIC, The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Acxiom; the Fort Smith (AR) Regional Airport; PhRMA, SAS, Church & Dwight, Intellicheck, Viisage (now L-1 Identity Solutions), Duos Technologies; and Canberra. He has testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on reform of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Hill newspaper has named Olive one of the top five Homeland Security lobbyists in Washington DC.

In addition to his consulting practice, Olive serves as the moderator of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, a non-profit organization comprised of private sector companies who seek to learn about policy, procedures and procurements affecting the federal homeland security marketplace. Participating Roundtable members include Boeing, Lockheed, SAIC, United Technologies, Siemens, Raytheon and some 20 other companies.

DHS Releases RFPs for Border Wall Prototypes

The federal solicitation for the “Southwest Border Wall” is out, and the RFPs contain some surprises on timeline and transparency.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on TSA Goes to the Dogs

When it comes to aviation security and cargo screening, until technology is as reliable and effective as a canine’s nose, we need more trained dogs.

Adm. Neffenger Says Goodbye in his Own Humble Way

Accolades from within DHS, the private sector and Capitol Hill are beginning to flow in praising the work Neffenger accomplished in his too-short tenure at TSA.

TSA – The Turn-Around Agency of the Year

The changes at TSA over the last year have dramatically improved the agency’s operations and culture. So what’s really going on at TSA that the incoming Trump administration team ought to notice (and not muck up)? This is the part where they need to pay close attention.

The Business of Homeland Security – Who Should Be S2?

In the day-to-day operation of the Department of Homeland Security, no position is more important than the Deputy Secretary. Here are some public servants the incoming Trump Administration should consider.

Congress Heal Thyself: NOW is The Perfect Time

With the new administration, it’s time to fix congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

Lawsuits, TSA, Highway Deaths and Math Homework

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed a lawsuit in federal court because TSA didn’t do its math homework.

LA Times Snarky Op-Ed on TSA Screening Gets a Snarky Response

A sarcastic op-ed in the LA Times by Jim Tierney critiqued TSA airport screening but failed to offer new solutions–or even an understanding of the issues.

TSA Blame Game Runs Wild But Effective Solutions Are Scarce

The announcement that TSA replaced former Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Kelly Hoggan got a lot of national attention. It might lead one to conclude that the recent “blame and shame” efforts of some members of Congress threatening TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger’s tenure in office had worked. If anyone came to that conclusion, however, they would be wrong.