TSA names Richard Stevens general manager for security operations

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National Press Release
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

WASHINGTON The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Richard Stevens as the general manager of Operational Plans and Programs for the Office of Security Operations (OSO).

Previously, Stevens was TSA's senior field executive for Georgia, Florida and the Caribbean. From July 2002 to February 2007 he was the deputy federal security director at Tampa (Fla.) International Airport. Prior to joining TSA, Stevens worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he managed the Federal Air Marshal Program, the K-9 Explosives Program and both foreign and domestic security operations. He was also on the TSA transition team, working to smoothly move aviation security responsibilities from FAA to TSA in the wake of 9/11.

"Rich Stevens' experiences in the field and program management put him in the best position possible to problem solve as the general manager of programs," said Mo McGowan, TSA's assistant administrator for Security Operations. "His dedication to the mission and years of service with TSA will ensure we continue to develop the strongest leadership team possible in OSO."

Stevens has served in the U.S. Air Force, as a federal law enforcement officer and as a federal air marshal. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Stevens was the acting deputy director of the Office of Civil Aviation Security Operations for the FAA. He has 24 years of federal government service.

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