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Michael R. Novak

Assistant Administrator for Training and Workforce Engagement

Photo of Michael R. NovakIn October 2011, Michael Novak was named Assistant Administrator for the new Office of Training and Workforce Engagement, bringing together the agency’s technical, leadership and workforce training and engagement functions. As the head of the office, Novak oversees the creation of processes that engage our employees and empower them to execute our mission.

Novak joined the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) in 2003 and has served in several leadership roles including Assistant Director for Training and Workforce Programs. In that position, he ensured the oversight of the FAMS Training Center and training policy development, planning and assessments, distance learning and medical programs.

Most recently, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service where he directed the deployment of Federal Air Marshals and was responsible for day-to-day operational leadership of FAMS programs. In that capacity he also provided advice to TSA leadership on strategic and operational direction in all areas of law enforcement and security operations.

Before joining FAMS, Novak worked more than 20 years in the United States Secret Service, retiring as Deputy Special Agent in Charge with the Presidential Protective Division where he managed more than 600 Uniformed Division officers and command staff. During his tenure, Novak oversaw emergency preparedness, air security, informational technology support, access control, and the communication operations center at the White House.

Novak graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980, majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Latest revision: 31 December 2012