New forum to improve collaboration between TSA and industry

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Monday, May 21, 2012

WASHINGTON—The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable recently created a new forum to strengthen the security industry's collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration.

The new WHSR/TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum will hold its inaugural meeting on June 5. Following an address by TSA Administrator John Pistole, TSA senior leadership will participate in several panel discussions focusing on strategically important efforts, including risk-based security, budget and acquisition landscape, and information technology and analysis, according to a news release from the WHSR.

“Partnerships and industry engagement are important drivers of innovation at TSA,” Pistole said in a prepared statement. “Engaging with industry leaders through efforts such as this helps us achieve our goal of providing effective, efficient transportation security for all Americans.”

The WHSR is a nonprofit group of individuals from companies who are actively engaged in homeland security policies, practices, procedures, and procurements. It was founded in 2003 and "strives to foster open dialogue and collaboration with DHS and its components,” Kay Olive, WHSR's director, said in a statement.