Saturday, October 02, 2010

TSA to Issue Secret Clearances to 10,000 Employees!

The TSA is expanding its operations. For those that are working in that agency, you may be one of the chosen few who get one of these 10,000 secret security clearances. According to John Pistole (Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and Administrator, Transportation Security Administration), his goal is to get the latest intelligence to all employees who have what he called an "action need" to "inform their judgment and decision-making." Pistole made the remarks at an Aero Club luncheon on September 23, 2010.

Valuable intelligence must be distributed rapidly to our employees in the field-our frontline Transportation Security Officers, Federal Air Marshals, explosive specialists and Behavior Detection Officers, among others - in order to better combat those who would do us harm. One important change that we're implementing, which I'm pleased to report to you today, is our expansion of secret-level security clearances to a greater number of TSA employees. TSA's explosive specialists already receive these clearances, but TSA is now providing behavior detection officers, supervisory transportation security officers and transportation security managers with a secret security clearance. This will impact approximately 10,000 employees and significantly enhances TSA's ability to leverage the best intelligence and elevate our security practices across the board.

Source: Aero Club

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