DHS Resorts to Private Sector to "Fill Special, Discrete Needs"
DHS announces "six loaned executives from the private sector" to promote travel, "fill special, discrete needs" & "provide fresh eyes on old problems"
By Martin Hill
November 24, 2014


When all else fails, resort to the private sector instead of government. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that they have chosen six individuals with corporate experience to "help us further improve the travel experience for the American public and visitors to our country."

Those particpating in the loaned executive program will "share their expertise with Homeland Security to fill special, discrete needs," the agency announced. DHS explained that the private-sector representatives can "Present new perspectives" and "provide 'fresh eyes' on old problems, giving government another lens to view challenges�and overcome them." They added that contributors will "Receive public recognition."

DHS noted "The positions include a six-month assignment with the option for a six-month renewal. These positions do not include a government salary; instead, participants in the Loaned Executive Program still draw their regular salary and benefits from their private-sector employer." The agency added "As part of their efforts, the loaned executives will conduct site visits at five airports: Chicago O�Hare, John F. Kennedy International, Los Angeles International, Miami International, and Newark Liberty International. "

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas remarked "Under this Administration, one of our top priorities has been to expand and facilitate the trade and travel that contributes to our nation�s growing economy. The Loaned Executive Program recruits the best talent and ideas from the private sector and brings that expertise to bear for the DHS mission. Our efforts will continue to make the United States the destination of choice for business and leisure. We are proud to welcome these outstanding individuals who have accomplished so much in the private sector to help us further improve the travel experience for the American public and visitors to our country."

The six people were listed on the DHS website:

The 6 loaned executives beginning today will fill the following positions:

Christopher Whiteman Managing Director- Passenger Facilitation & Customer Initiatives, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

  • Senior Advisor, Customer Service: In this position, Whiteman will advise TSA and CBP on ways to improve customer service.

    Christopher Billings, President, Service Improvement Consultants International, Inc. and Consultant, American Airlines

  • Senior Advisor, Line and Crowd Management: In this position, Billings will advise TSA and CBP on issues related to the airport systems flow of travelers, with a goal of streamlining our processes consistent with our security mission.

    Lorri Fairchild, Branch Owner, AIT Worldwide Logistics

  • Senior Advisor, Logistics: In this position, Fairchild will advise TSA and CBP on issues related to airport systems flow of international travelers and ways to streamline the arrivals and connections process.

    Kevin Bagger, Senior Director of Strategic Research & Analytics, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; and Scott Russell, Senior Research Manager, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

  • Senior Advisors, Metrics: In these positions, Bagger and Russell will advise CBP on the collection and analysis of data relating to the experience of international arriving passengers.

    Nawaf Marjan, Owner, Triangle Technology Ventures, LLC

  • Senior Advisor, Self-Service Technology: In this position, Marjan will advise TSA and CBP on the development and deployment of enterprise level self-service technologies.

  • You can read the full DHS press release here. The main DHS page on the 'Loaned Executive Program' states, in part:

    "The Loaned Executive Program is a special opportunity (unpaid) that provides top executive-level talent from the private sector an opportunity to share their expertise with Homeland Security to fill special, discrete needs. Through the Loaned Executive Program, Homeland Security is working with the private sector on innovative solutions to our homeland security challenges. The Department is looking to the nation�s top executives and industry experts to partner with us as we strive to solve problems, improve processes, and fully realize our mission. By serving as a loaned executive, you will have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference by protecting our nation... Initial appointments are made for a period of at least three months and no more than one year. The loaned executive may be reappointed for additional periods with the total appointment not to exceed two years. Candidates will complete an orientation and training program before their assignment begins."

    Roles and Responsibilities: The loaned executive assignments are hosted by DHS components and responsibilities may vary. Executives will:
    Serve as a subject matter expert and senior advisor to DHS leadership.
    Present new perspectives - Private sector representatives can provide "fresh eyes" on old problems, giving government another lens to view challenges�and overcome them.
    Receive public recognition - Through national press releases, published by both DHS and your company, our combined stakeholders will be made aware of private sector contributions to the Department.

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