WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has named a new assistant administrator for security operations.
TSA officials announced that former Orlando International Airport federal security director Lee Kair will become the new assistant administrator for security operations at the agency. The TSA assistant administrator is in charge of executive management, including compliance and budget oversight and the development of strategic plans at more than 450 airports in the United States, among other responsibilities, the TSA reported.
Kair, who has worked at the TSA since 2004, was responsible for the development and implementation of new explosives training initiatives, the visible intermodal prevention and response teams along with decentralizing the hiring process, among other projects.
"Lee is an innovator and a people person who knows the details of security issues and TSA's role in providing a smooth, trouble-free experience for passengers," TSA Administrator Kip Hawley said in a statement.
"Lee has energized the workforce and enhanced relationships with key partners in the airport, airline and law enforcement communities. His team spirit and tireless energy will serve our nation well in this critical new role."