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US: Reorganization Of Air Marshals Seeks To Focus TSA Law Enforcement Capabilities

Source: Homeland Security Today

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently established a centralized training office, centralizing training throughout the organization and placing a supervisor from the air marshals in charge of the new office.

In so doing, FAMS officially combined with the TSA Office of Law Enforcement and stood up three new divisions: the Flight Operations Division, the Security Services and Assessments Division and the Field Operations Division. FAMS moved non-law-enforcement functions such as accounting, information technology and training to its parent agency, eliminating its former directorates for Administrative and Technical Services and Training and Workforce Programs.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), ranking member of the subcommittee, charged that the centralized training office should tackle problems highlighted in a recent report by the inspector general (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) entitled Allegations of Misconduct and Illegal Discrimination and Retaliation in the Federal Air Marshal Service.

Jackson Lee also promoted a bill (HR 71) she introduced, the FAMS Augmentation Act, to increase the number of air marshals in service. The bill would add another 1,750 air marshals to the current level.[Full story]