ACC News | TSA Admin. Pekoske Featured at Successful ACI/ACC Security Conference

Over 200 airport security experts attended the 2023 ACI Public Safety & Security / ACC Security Technology Conference on October 24-25 in Arlington, VA. The meeting featured a keynote address from TSA Administrator David Pekoske, who provided perspectives on key TSA initiatives and airport security. He noted the importance of Congress increasing TSA pay to be commensurate with other federal agencies in helping to attract and retain front line officers. Funding for TSA is at a premium, however, as under current spending levels, full deployment of CT scanners for carryon baggage and new credential authentication equipment will not occur until after 2040.

The program featured updates on passenger facilitation from Customs & Border Protection, including Matthew Davies, Executive Director of Admissibility and Passenger Programs. Other session covered aviation worker screening, cybersecurity, AI, security equipment development and deployment, one-stop security, and future technologies.

The ACC Security Committee held an informative meeting on October 23, which featured Keith Goll, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Requirements and Capability Analysis with TSA. Goll discussed the evolution of TSA and the development of next generation screening equipment. ACC presented Goll the 2023 ACC Agency Best Practices Award, recognizing his long career dedicated to improving aviation security.

Many thanks to the ACC members that helped to develop and facilitate sessions at the conference, including ACC Security Committee Chair Matthew Treadgold, GDIT; Vice Chair Paul Erhard, Analogic; YP Liaison Brandon Brooksby, SSi; Cassie Beamer with B&B Consulting; Michael Saunders, GDIT; and Barbara Zylinski, Secure Insights, LLC.

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