Senior Counselor and Director for Policy Coordination and Intergovernmental Affairs
Howard Goldman serves as Senior Counselor and Director of the Office of Policy Coordination and Intergovernmental Affairs. The office reports directly to the Administrator and was stood up in 2012 as part of TSA’s transformation as a high-performing counterterrorism organization. It provides overall coordination and alignment of TSA security policies with DHS, interagency committees, national security staff, and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
As a member of the Transportation Security Executive Service, Goldman provides advice on policy and legislative matters and represents TSA on a wide variety of significant issues. This includes serving as the TSA liaison to the national security staff, Transborder Directorate, providing timely information on significant policy initiatives to help inform the Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security on critical transportation security matters and to DHS headquarters policy and counterterrorism offices.
Goldman leads the agency’s efforts on developing and tracking TSA’s high priority performance goals for aviation security that will be communicated to the public through the performance.gov website and is TSA’s lead for intergovernmental and tribal affairs.
Goldman served as TSA’s representative to the first DHS presidential transition team, and as Senior Transition Officer of TSA’s internal team to prepare a smooth transition for the incoming Administrator. He also served as TSA’s lead on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and was TSA’s Senior Representative in preparing the recommendations DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano presented to President Obama on New Year’s Eve following the attempted December 25, 2009, attack on Northwest Flight 253. Goldman also led TSA’s input and response to the Government Accountability Office’s comprehensive overview of homeland security ten years after the 9/11 attacks that had a significant focus on transportation security.
Goldman joined TSA in April 2002 as TSA’s first Legislative Counsel and has been intimately involved in managing TSA’s legislative program and working with Congress on transportation security provisions in legislation such as Vision 100 - A Century of Flight Authorization Act, The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, as well as provisions in annual appropriations bills. Goldman has drafted congressional testimony for numerous TSA, DHS, and Department of Transportation officials and assisted in preparing them for hearings.
Prior to joining TSA, Goldman was an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for nearly 25 years in offices in New York City, Virginia, and Washington, DC. During those assignments Goldman was involved in diverse areas of the Corps’ mission including military and civil works construction, military family housing, planning and authorization of flood control, navigation, and environmental restoration projects, real property management and engineering services on Army installations throughout the world, the Army’s Prime Power Program, research and development acquisitions for sophisticated topographical programs, and the beginning stages of execution of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program.
A native New Yorker, Goldman has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.