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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.

Better Management of Trusted Traveler Programs Can Enhance Security, Efficiency

Consolidating Precheck, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST management has many benefits.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 6 – Merging CBP and TSA

CBP and TSA serve many identical functions. It’s time to consolidate them into a single agency.

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.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 5 – Customer Service

The American people have little faith in TSA. We need a paradigm shift. “Protect” must become “Protect and Serve.”

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 4 – Outcome-Focused Risk Based Security

Risk-based security measures at TSA have stalled, and we need to get things back on track. One way to do this is to focus on outcomes rather than audits. Is the agency ready for it?

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.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 3 – Leadership in Innovation

Organizations these days spend a great deal of time trying to determine the best way to become more innovative. So how can we ensure the best possible outcome for the new TSA Innovation Task Force announced by Administrator Neffenger?

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 2 – Time for a Grand Strategy

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger has challenged his organization to envision the Transportation Security Administration as an “integrated whole.” This will require a grand strategy to ensure that our security capabilities outpace the threats over time.

Towards TSA 2.0, Part 1 – Remove Airport Screening Functions

The last several months have been tough for the flying public, and we have an industry, Congress, and Administration looking to reform aviation security, and it’s time to do some thinking. We have the opportunity to transform our aviation security system in ways that will enhance its efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.