WASHINGTON, DC -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Robert Jamison as Deputy Administrator for the agency. For the past three years, Jamison has served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency responsible for the management and oversight of roughly $8 billion of annual federal investment in the nation's subway, light rail, and bus system infrastructure. He joins the TSA at a critical point, as it conducts a top to bottom internal assessment prompted by Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff's â€œSecond Stage Review.â€
Jamison brings significant transportation, not-for-profit, and business experience to his new post. His portfolio includes work in the cargo, rail and transit sectors and more recently, he was involved in the Department of Transportation's efforts to evacuate victims of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans. He has served in a number of key leadership positions, including Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and Senior Operations Officer for the American Red Cross. Prior to that, he spent 12 years in management, both domestic and abroad, with United Parcel Service.
â€œRobert's experience in process management across different transportation environments will be invaluable to TSA. He led the development and implementation of the security risk management strategy at FTA and has shown the ability to work well with the other key players in the process,â€ said Kip Hawley, Assistant Secretary of TSA.
At FTA, Jamison played a key leadership role in making FTA's major capital project assessment and oversight more rigorous and transparent. In addition, Jamison spearheaded the agency's transit security program and its $4.5 billion Lower Manhattan transportation recovery operation, which was established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11.
Jamison is expected to assume his post in the coming weeks.