Gale Rossides named acting deputy administrator of TSA

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National Press Release
Thursday, April 26, 2007

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Gale Rossides acting deputy administrator. In her previous capacity, Rossides was the associate administrator for Business Transformation and Culture at TSA.

"As one of the original federal executives to build and lead TSA, Gale is devoted to carrying out TSA's mission and is superbly prepared for the challenges of this position," said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Jackson. "Gale's tenure as a dedicated leader at TSA and her focus on people will serve the department extraordinarily well."

Under Rossides' leadership, TSA has established a Senior Leadership Team and a collaborative review panel for promotions. She was also instrumental in the development of multiple workforce initiatives, including an innovative pay for performance system, an extensive career progression strategy and a Model Workplace Program. Rossides was one of the first six federal executives to join TSA and she successfully led the team that federalized the first domestic airport, Baltimore/Washington International (BWI).

"Gale is an outstanding leader who brings an incomparable level of energy and intelligence to her work," said TSA Administrator Kip Hawley. "Her demonstrated success and commitment to the men and women of TSA are perfect fits for the agency."

Prior to serving at TSA, Rossides was appointed the first assistant director (Training and Professional Development) for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) where she spearheaded numerous business programs to re-engineer ATF operations.

Rossides earned her bachelor's degree from Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.) and is a graduate of George Washington University's Masters in Public Administration for Federal Executives program.