Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs
Sarah Dietch was named Assistant Administrator for the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) in June 2012, after serving as Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs.
As TSA’s Assistant Administrator for OLA, Dietch is responsible for the development and advancement of TSA’s legislative agenda and priorities with the U.S. Congress.
While at DHS, Dietch planned and directed the Department’s strategies for working with Congress on key departmental initiatives, policies, and programs. She also managed DHS OLA’s day-to-day activities, working closely with the legislative staffs of DHS operating components. In this role, Dietch shaped and implemented legislative responses to major incidents such as the December 2009 attempted bombing, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and natural disasters.
Previously, she worked for the United Nations as a Voter Education Coordinator in Cambodia in 2008 and as a Civic and Voter Education Coordinator for the 2005 election in Liberia. In both positions, Dietch managed the programmatic and technical aspects of the voter education strategy. That included close coordination with the Cambodian National Election Committee, the Liberian National Elections Commission, political parties, and external stakeholders to ensure voters, polling staff and observers understood their roles in the election process.
From 2007 through 2008, Dietch was Research Director with Link Strategies in Des Moines, Iowa, where she developed messaging and strategies, managed a research team, and played an active role in policy and message strategy sessions.
In addition, Dietch supervised research projects on national and state policies during the 2004 presidential election and the 2006 congressional elections. Additionally, she has organized and planned media and voter outreach events in several Iowa caucuses. She began her professional career working for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in his Des Moines, Iowa, office and later in his Washington, D.C., office.
Dietch is an Iowa native and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.