Flight Operations

Scott McShaffrey

Scott McShaffrey

Scott McShaffrey serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Flight Operations Division within the Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (LE/FAMS). In this role, he is charged with oversight for the worldwide deployment of Federal Air Marshals, TSA’s Transportation Security Operations Center to include the National Capital Regional Coordination Center, TSA’s Insider Threat Program, MANPAD Vulnerability Assessment Program, and Joint Vulnerability Assessments Program, which builds the agency’s expertise and operational capability for mitigating risk from unmanned aircraft systems. 

McShaffrey has oversight for the Law Enforcement Officer Flying Armed Program, Armed Security Officer Program, and the monitoring and analyzing of Federal Air Marshal (FAM) flight coverage, ensuring adherence to the LE/FAMS Concept of Operations. McShaffrey oversees independent risk assessments and quality assurance reviews of FAM scheduling practices, business processes, and fiscal audits and maintains effective domestic and international liaison activities with Federal, state, local, and foreign officials and other stakeholders.

Prior to this assignment, McShaffrey served as the Assistant Administrator for Field Operations within LE/FAMS. He provided executive level leadership to headquarters and the field, including three regions, 20 LE/FAMS field offices, the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Program, and senior-level training staff detailed to the TSA Academy, the LE/FAMS Law Enforcement Training Center, and the TSA Canine Training Center. He provided strategic direction to field executives and executed domestic and international law enforcement operations. He also ensured executives and field leadership were prepared for emergencies and managed emergency response activities including incident response, continuity of operations, devolution, and uninterrupted service of physical and personnel security programs as well as emergency support functions for public safety and security activities across the nation’s transportation system.        

McShaffrey’s career as a Federal Air Marshal/Civil Aviation Security Inspector began in 1992 with the Federal Aviation Administration where he held multiple supervisory roles and deployed to countries. Post September 11, 2001, he held multiple senior level positions including the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (SAC) of the System Operations Control Division, SAC of the Mission Operations Division, SAC of the Newark Field Office, Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of Field Operations, and DAD of Flight Operations. He created the Threat Assessment Division in TSA’s office of Security Operations (SO) and led Field Operations for SO, which included seven regions, the Federal Security Directors, and a workforce of more than 50,000 Transportation Security Officers. He held both the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Assistant Administrator positions in TSA’s Office of Professional Responsibility before returning to LE/FAMS in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program. He has served as a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2007.