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TSA Administrator Pekoske Confirmed for Another Term

TSA Administrator David Pekoske

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. Senate confirmed TSA Administrator David Pekoske to serve a second term on Thursday.

The Senate voted 77-18 in favor of Pekoske serving another five-year term. 

“Security demands for the agency are returning, and every day are continuing to grow,” Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said in a statement. “We know that we need to have continued experienced leadership, and Admiral Pekoske is well qualified for this position. He will continue to make transportation security and its modernization the nation’s number one priority as it relates to this sector.”

Pekoske pledged to “work tirelessly to ensure our nation’s transportation system remains secure and facilitates the movement of people and cargo.”

“It is a privilege to continue serving the American people alongside an incredible workforce of dedicated and highly skilled professionals,” he said in a statement.

In May, Biden said he planned to renominate Pekoske to a second term.

Former President Trump first nominated Pekoske in 2017, and his five-year term began in August 2017. 

The agency has more than 600,000 employees and is tasked with security operations at nearly 440 airports nationwide. 

Pekoske also served as acting secretary of Homeland Security from January 20, 2021, to February 2, 2021. 

Before joining the TSA, he was the second in command at the Coast Guard.

Biden to Nominate David Pekoske to Another As TSA Administrator

By Steve Neavling

President Biden plans to nominate David Pekoske to serve a second term as administrator of the TSA, the White House said.

Former President Trump first nominated Pekoske in 2017, and his five-year term began in August 2017. 

The agency has more than 600,000 employees and is tasked with security operations at nearly 440 airports nationwide. 

Pekoske also served as acting secretary of Homeland Security from January 20, 2021, to February 2, 2021. 

Before joining the TSA, he was the second in command at the Coast Guard. 

“If confirmed by the Senate for a second five-year term, we will continue to work tirelessly to improve employee recognition and pay, fostering a diverse and inclusive TSA culture, and pursuing innovative approaches to respond to emerging threats,” Pekoske said in a message to TSA employees, The Washington Post reports. “My top priority as Administrator has been and will always be supporting our incredible workforce.”

More than 325 TSA Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus, 2 Died

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The coronavirus has hammered TSA workers more than previously thought.

A total of 329 TSA employees have confirmed infections and two died, according to ABC News, citing an internal briefing led by TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

In the past week, 162 TSA workers tested positive for COVID-19.

The first TSA employee to die was Francis “Frank” Boccabella III, 39, who served as an explosive detection canine handler at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.

“Frank was dedicated to protecting the traveling public with his canine partner, Bullet, a 6-year-old German Short-haired Pointer and his previous canine partner, Zmay,” the TSA said in a statement. “Frank and his canine partners screened hundreds of thousands of passengers, keeping them and the transportation network safe.”

The second TSA employee to die was Alberto Camacho, a branch manager in the Acquisition Program Management office.

“For over 20 years Alberto dedicated his career to both transportation and aviation security, and his contributions to TSA and our mission will not be forgotten,” the agency said in a statement.

“We mourn their loss but we celebrate what they have been able to contribute over the course of their time in TSA,” Pekoske said in the briefing.

TSA employees, especially screeners, are especially vulnerable because they come in close contact with many travelers.