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Remarks By Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, FBI Director Robert Mueller And Assistant Secretary For TSA Kip Hawley

SECRETARY CHERTOFF: Good morning. We'd like to provide you with the latest information that we have on recent events in the United Kingdom, and an update on the actions that we are taking to protect our citizens and to keep air travel safe and secure. We want to be as open as possible with the public about the facts; at the same time, it's important, I'm sure you'll understand, that we preserve confidentiality of matters that are necessary in order to complete this investigation. And we also have to respect the demands of the British legal process, which puts certain restrictions on what can be said about ongoing cases.

TSA Revokes Air Cargo Security Program Approval for Minneapolis-Based Professional Export Services

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it is revoking the security program approval of Professional Export Services (PES), an Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) based in Eagan, Minn., because PES does not meet TSA security standards. Specifically, among other violations of TSA security requirements, PES tendered at least 48 shipments from unknown shippers to passenger air carriers on numerous occasions and failed to provide cargo security training to their employees involved with the transport of air cargo. PES also failed to provide the required cargo security information to contractors hired to perform duties on behalf of the company. PES was notified today that it will no longer be permitted to tender cargo for transport on passenger aircraft.

Trace Portal Machines Deployed to Midway International Airport

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that it has deployed two explosives detection trace portals to the passenger security checkpoint at Chicago’s Midway International Airport (MDW). The state-of-the-art machines further enhance TSA’s ability to detect explosives at the checkpoint and have added customer service benefits.

TSA Survey Results Show Significant Increase in Employee Job Satisfaction

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said today that employees are increasingly satisfied in the workplace according to the agency’s 2006 Organizational Satisfaction Survey. Overall job satisfaction increased 24 percent and employees indicated the agency is experiencing an upward trend in many critical areas. The most significant increases were in work environment/quality of work life, teamwork and diversity.

Canine Program Graduates 11 Teams, Enhancing Explosive Detection Capability Nationwide

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the graduation of 12 members of its National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. The teams are assigned to mass transit systems in Atlanta and Baltimore, and airports in Philadelphia; Dayton, Ohio; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Baltimore; San Antonio; Phoenix and Boise, Idaho.

TSA Appoints Colleen B. Callahan Assistant Director for Field Operations of the Federal Air Marshal Service

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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Air Marshal Service today announced the appointment of Colleen B. Callahan to the position of Assistant Director for Field Operations. In her new role she will oversee all aspects of field office operations, including budget, personnel, policy and training. Callahan joined the air marshal service in June 2002 as assistant director for Flight Operations and most recently served as assistant director of the Office of Training and Development.

TSA Issues Updated Airport Security Design Guidelines

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – After 18 months of collaboration with the private sector, TSA has issued revised Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design and Construction to the airport industry, providing guidance on subjects encompassing airport layout, security screening, emergency response, access control and communications.

TSA Finds Security at Port-au-Prince International Airport Meets International Standards

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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that the Port-au-Prince International Airport in Haiti now maintains and carries out effective security measures. This determination is based on recent assessments by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which reveal that security measures used at the airport now meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards.

TSA Expands Career Opportunities for Transportation Security Officers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today introduced a Career Progression Program for its frontline workforce of 43,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs). Included are merit-based promotions for experienced TSOs and specialized technical career tracks, which include functions such as Behavior Detection Officers and Bomb Appraisal Officers.