Bart R. Johnson appointed TSA Federal Security Director for upstate NY airports

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Local Press Release
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – Bart R. Johnson has been appointed as the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Security Director (FSD) for 15 upstate New York airports and will be based at Albany International Airport. Prior to his appointment, Johnson served as the Assistant Federal Security Director for Screening and Security for the upstate New York airports.

Johnson is a native of New York and has spent the vast majority of his career working throughout the state in various law enforcement and homeland security roles. He takes on his new role following the retirement of Brian Johansson, who previously held the position for several years.

“I am looking forward to doing my part to ensure the safety and security of the flying public across all of the upstate airports,” he said. “I, along with the entire TSA workforce, am dedicated to protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce and to do so in an effective and efficient manner. We know that the terrorist threat is real and that airplanes and airports remain a target of those who wish to do us harm.”

Airports that fall under Johnson’s leadership include Albany International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport, Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Greater Binghamton International Airport, Elmira Corning Regional Airport, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Plattsburg International Airport, Watertown International Airport, Adirondack Regional Airport, Niagara Falls International Airport, Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport, Massena International Airport, Ogdensburg International Airport and Griffins International Airport.

In his role as the Federal Security Director, Johnson is responsible for mitigating threats against aviation and other transportation sectors by providing leadership and direction to TSA personnel engaged in risk-based security operations.

Prior to joining TSA, Johnson served as Executive Director for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a 25,000 member organization that advocates for law enforcement on matters relating to training, information sharing, equipment and policies.

Prior to that assignment, Johnson held the positions of Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, and Director of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In both of those positions he was responsible for programs relating to national intelligence.

Before joining the federal government, Johnson served as a Colonel with the New York State Police, where he was responsible for field operations across the state. He has more than 31 years of law enforcement experience, 24 of which were with the New York State Police.

Johnson is a former Co-Chair of the Global Advisory Committee and former Chair of the Global Intelligence Working Group and Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council. These positions exposed him to a number of national intelligence efforts as well as the development and establishment of the National Fusion Center Network and other critical information sharing initiatives. 

Johnson has received numerous awards, including the NYSP Superintendent’s Commendation, the Federal 100 Award, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Public Service Award, the Intelligence Community’s National Intelligence Superior Service Medal and the Coast Guard’s Meritorious Public Service Award.

Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY.