With John Pistole's recent confirmation as chief of the Transportation Security Administration, the agency finally has a full-time leader under President Obama. The 17 months TSA went under interim management were anything but quiet, and the two months since Pistole was nominated have given him more to think about. Two reports from the Government Accountability Office have faulted the implementation of TSA's behavioral detection program and questioned the agency's ability to meet Congress' August deadline for screening all incoming passenger air cargo. TSA has also taken over 100 percent of terrorist watchlist screening on domestic passenger flights. There's even a question of collective bargaining for transportation security officers.
What advice would you give Pistole? Where should he guide TSA? Where should he turn his attention in the short term? Do you see any new or emerging problems in transportation security that the agency will have to reckon with in the near future?