TSA names federal security Director for Baltimore/Washington International Airport

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National Press Release
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named James P. Schear as Federal Security Director (FSD) for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). As FSD, Schear will oversee all TSA security operations at BWI.

Schear will report for duty at BWI in mid-October. He currently serves as the General Manager for Plans and Programs in TSA’s Office of Security Operations. In this role, he serves as the primary executive in charge of emerging plans and programs within Security Operations, including all planning, screening operations, all Compliance efforts and publication of Security Directives, Emergency Amendments and Standard Operating Procedures.  Schear also served as TSA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations from 2002 to 2004.

“Jim has played an instrumental role in this agency since start-up,” said Mike Restovich, TSA’s Assistant Administrator for Security Operations. “His wealth of experience will be an invaluable asset to the TSA security mission, workforce and our partners at BWI.”

Before re-joining TSA, Schear held positions as US Airways’ Vice President of Restructuring during the airline’s bankruptcy reorganization, and Vice President for Safety Services at the Air Traffic Organization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Schear served over 30 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve as an anti-submarine warfare pilot and commanding officer, retiring as a Rear Admiral. He has also qualified as an instructor on seven separate aircraft types as part of his 27-year career as a commercial pilot for US Airways.

Schear received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

The position of federal security director was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act signed by President Bush on November 19, 2001.