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Supporting Behavior and Detection Analysis Across TSA

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Sarah Tauber serves as the Branch Manager for the Behavior Detection and Analysis (BDA) Program in TSA’s Office of Security Operations. She manages a team of colleagues that are responsible for the program’s development, management and oversight, and she works with a wide range of partners at Headquarters and across TSA to ensure Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) have a strong infrastructure to carry out their critical function. 

Tauber got her start with DHS as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2002 as part of a small transition team that established the Border Transportation Security Directorate, which oversaw TSA, CBP, USCG, and ICE. In 2004, Tauber transitioned to TSA and has worked with the Offices of Chief Counsel, Security Capabilities and Global Strategies. She joined the BDA program in 2012.

“I believe in TSA's workforce, whether they are on the frontline or at headquarters,” said Tauber.  “My goal as a manager is to provide each employee with a program they can be proud of and an opportunity to excel.”

What I do matters because the Behavior Detection and Analysis Program is a critical layer of risk-based security. I take a lot of pride in knowing that the BDOs across the country are highly trained professionals who bring a very unique skill set to our frontline counterterrorism mission. My team and I work hard to ensure every member of the BDO community receives the support, training, and guidance necessary to fulfill our important mission.  We also work on initiatives to train the TSO workforce in behavior detection because it is such a critical skill. 

The most rewarding part of my job, hands down, is the people I work with across the agency. I firmly believe that we are only as effective as the people who carry out our mission. If you love what you do then you will excel at it, and if you excel at it, then the whole agency benefits.

What I find most challenging about my role is building understanding and support for the program.  Many people I speak with outside of TSA are surprised to learn that these techniques have been an accepted practice for many years within the law enforcement, customs and border enforcement, defense, and security communities both in the United States and internationally.  TSA's Program is simply building on what is already recognized as an effective security layer.

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 15 November 2013