KIP HAWLEY served as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, part of United States government's Department of Homeland Security from July 27, 2005 to January 20, 2009. TSA is charged with the security of the U.S. transportation sector and has worldwide operations, about 60,000 employees, and a budget of more than $7 billion.

Prior to his nomination to the TSA, Hawley was Executive Vice President of Arzoon, a supply-chain software company in San Mateo, California. Hawley also chaired the Air Traffic Service Board with oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control system.

After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001, Hawley left his software business job to lead the "Go-Teams" of government and private sector experts who tackled the task of quickly establishing the new federal security agency.

Earlier 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 an assistant to President Ronald Reagan in the White House. Hawley also served at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Hawley received his B.A. from Brown University, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Hawley now writes and consults on counterterrorism and technology. He and his wife live in California.

Kip Hawley's Tenure at TSA 

TSA Timeline Kip

After the Wall Street Journal piece came out in which Hawley advocated a series of immediate changes to TSA protocols, he received a number of questions along the lines of, 'why didn't you make changes when you had the chance?' The graphic timeline presented above is meant to give perspective to that question. The TSA has undertaken radical change at a pace faster than any other government agency. Hawley's opinion is that it should not slow down now.





Nathan Means has worked on a variety of non-fiction books, including New York Times bestseller In Fed We Trust and other well-received titles such as Arab Voices and The India Way. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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