DorobekInsider: The new TSA CIO — Emma Garrison-Alexander

We have been hearing for weeks now that Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration was close to naming a new CIO…and we have heard t...

We have been hearing for weeks now that Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration was close to naming a new CIO…and we have heard that it was a woman and we have heard that she came from DOD. We are now hearing a name: Emma Garrison-Alexander, a senior executive at the Defense Department, according to her LinkedIn profile. (I couldn’t find a DOD bio. If you have one, send it along.)

UPDATE to the UPDATE: We now have confirmed that Garrison Alexander is the TSA CIO. Her note to staff is below.

UPDATE: We are hearing that Garrison-Alexander actually started on Tuesday.

One other point: Garrison-Alexander has her doctorate in management, graduating in 2008 from the University of Maryland University College from the Graduate School of Management and Technology program. Her dissertation topic: “The Impact of Knowledge Management on Interagency Collaboration.” I would gladly add that to my reading list. (What can I say — I love this stuff.)

This is not confirmed yet, but… it seems like the pieces are starting to fit together. We’ll let you know when we get confirmation.

UPDATE: This has been confirmed. Here is the note she sent to TSA staff:


It is my pleasure to join TSA as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

I arrive at TSA after more than twenty years with the National Security Agency, starting as an electronic engineer; followed by both technical and managerial assignments in the Research and Development, Technology and Systems, Signals Intelligence, and Information Assurance organizations. These assignments included Senior Operations Officer where I operated on behalf of the Director of NSA in the command and control of time-sensitive signals intelligence and information assurance missions. Most recently, I served as the Deputy Counterterrorism for SIGINT Development Services.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, Masters of Science in telecommunications management and Doctorate in management with a focus on technology and information systems.

Over the past few days I have been introduced to many of the employees that make TSA’s management and delivery of quality IT services so highly admired across the Department. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming weeks, to learn quickly about TSA’s existing IT successes and challenges, and to work with all of OIT to continue providing top-notch IT services to TSA employees at Headquarters and in the Field.

Next week, OIT will hold an All Hands meeting where I will have the opportunity to introduce myself to all of you in person. Sheila Klein will issue the invitation shortly via email. I look forward to working with all of you.

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander
Assistant Administrator
Chief Information Officer
Office of Information Technology

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