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Communicating with Congress in Support of the Workforce

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Brian Strosnider and Libby Ann John, Program Specialist with the Executive Secretariat, review the annual Appropriations Bill.When Congress has questions for TSA following a hearing on Capitol Hill or mandates a report or study, Brian Strosnider is a key member of the Administrator’s team that handles those requests.

As a Program Analyst with the Executive Secretariat at TSA headquarters since 2009, Strosnider helps ensure Congress has the latest information in support of the workforce. He collaborates closely with program offices and experts across TSA to give Congress information about a variety of transportation security-related topics.

Strosnider also fields questions about TSA’s responses from the Department of Homeland Security and the President’s Office of Management and Budget.

“What I do matters because I’ve worked hard with colleagues to ensure all requested reports are given to Congress in a timely fashion. These reports to Congress are mandated by law. We have dramatically improved TSA’s reputation with DHS and Congress regarding on-time delivery of reports. This is especially important considering that Congress can penalize a federal agency for providing late reports by withholding appropriations funding until a report is provided.  

“What do you find most rewarding about your work at TSA? The multiple opportunities to interact with nearly every office across TSA is rewarding. I’m in a unique position that allows me to see all the moving parts that make up TSA, including risk-based security, advanced imaging technology and screening procedures. I also enjoy interacting with colleagues across DHS. 

“In what ways does your job challenge you? One of the challenges is meeting all the aggressive deadlines, while managing other complex assignments. Some days are literally a juggling act. Also, reading, comprehending, and deciphering legal documents can be incredibly difficult. 

“At the end of the day, however, I really feel that I am part of something special and am proud to serve my country. Regardless of how small, I believe that my contributions help protect our country from another 9/11 attack. I remember that day so vividly. The second plane hit in New York, shortly after I arrived at work in Washington, D.C., where I found myself stranded for hours. The city had literally shut down, with bridges and the Metro closed, and traffic at a standstill. As I walked home to Virginia, I saw the Pentagon bellowing with smoke. I’ll never forget that day.”

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 22 November 2013