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February 26, 2006

Does TSA need an executive recruiter?

Filed under: Aviation Security,Organizational Issues — by Christian Beckner on February 26, 2006

According to a Fedbizopps posting last week, the TSA intends to hire an executive recruiting agency:

The Transportation Security Administration intends to begin market research pursuant to Executive Recruitment Services for multiple key Federal Government executive positions in the United States….

The contractor must provide nationwide services to assist in filling key Federal Government leadership (executive) positions. The ideal candidates for the leadership positions to be filled must have experience in security in one or more of the transportation modes (air, rail, highway, port, etc.). Candidates would also include those individuals with law enforcement/security experience or individuals with previous military leadership experience. The positions to be filled are located in the National Capital Region and at airports throughout the country.

Without a doubt, TSA needs to have a cadre of strong senior managers, both at headquarters and in the FSD positions. But do they really need to hire an outside executive recruiting firm? What’s wrong with USAJOBS? This seems like a questionable expenditure for an agency is likely to be cash-strapped in the coming fiscal year.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 2, 2006 @ 4:43 am

It is difficult to find someone with a regulatory background (which requires skillful interface with the regulated industry) who wants a position that has no regulatory authority and does not have an adquate budget nor a leadership that really wants to address problems and fix them. Even simple disclosure to the public of problems that TSA experiences are subject to gross censorship by its current leadership.

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