Kip Hawley

Kip Hawley

Edmund S. "Kip" Hawley is the current Administrator & Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration, part of United States government's Department of Homeland Security. Hawley has held the post since July 27, 2005, replacing the previous Director, Rear Admiral David Stone.


This is the second time Hawley has occupied a duty station at TSA. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, then-Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta tapped him to lead "Go-Teams" of government and private sector experts who tackled the task of quickly establishing a new federal agency.

Prior to his nomination to the TSA, Hawley was Executive Vice President of Arzoon, a supply-chain software company in San Mateo, California. Arzoon is a subsidiary of SSA Global Technologies. Hawley also sat on the Air Traffic Services Subcommittee of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Prior to this he was CEO of Skyway, a supply-chain services company and Vice President at Union Pacific Railroad. Previous government service included serving on the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation (in 1992) and as Deputy Assistant and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Hawley also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for the Department of Transportation, responsible for planning budgets and legislative proposals.

Hawley received his B.A. from Brown University, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980.

Since heading the TSA his two biggest projects were the 3-1-1, which allows passengers to bring limited amount of liquids aboard in aircraft, and the PASS program, which rates the abilities of Transportation Officers.

Leadership Journal Blog

Kip Hawley is a contributing writer to the Leadership Journal Blog for the Department of Homeland Security, where topics have included "Secure Flight", "Security Strategy" and "Covert Testing":

peeches and Congressional Testimonies

On Covert Testing (11.14.07):

TWIC Testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee (10.31.07):

Implementing Recommendations of the "9/11 Commission Act of 2007" (10.16.07):

Improving Aviation Security (10.16.07):

Keynote Address to the "Aero Club of Washington" (07.24.07):


As head of the TSA, Hawley has been a focal point for public criticism relating to what many consider intrusive and ineffective security measures now undertaken at American airports. In September 2006, in response to the new policies limiting the amounts of liquids and gels that passengers could carry on airplanes, Milwaukee resident Ryan Bird wrote "Kip Hawley is an Idiot" on a plastic bag given to passengers by airport security for those substances. As a result he claims he was detained and told that the First Amendment did not apply to security checkpoints [cite web|title=I was detained at the TSA checkpoint|url=]

In April, 2007, Mr. Hawley agreed to a partially published interview conducted by Bruce Schneier regarding TSA policies and practices.


External links

* [ TSA Biography]
* [ July 2007 Interview with Hawley by Security Expert Bruce Schneier]

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