NFTA, the Gold Standard

NFTA Executive Director, Kimberley Minkel; TSA Federal Security Director, Brian Johansson; 
Chairman, Howard Zemsky; System Specialist, Terry Reinke; Transit PoliceChief, 
George Gast; HSEQ, Director, Timothy Carvana
The Transportation Security Administration has honored the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority with their highest rating: Gold Standard. It is the result of the TSA’s 2013 Baseline Assessments for Security Enhancement. Just five other transportation agencies received this award this year.

The BASE program establishes a security standard for individual system security initiatives and assess progress. It reviews systems based on security plans, security training, drills, public outreach efforts and background check programs. The overall goal is building a strong security program for the agency.

TSA Federal Security Director, Brian Johansson presented the award May 22, along with a letter from John S. Pistole, Administrator of the TSA, congratulating the Authority on its success. Pistole wrote, “The NFTA is to be commended for its commitment and hard work that this level of achievement requires and for the agency’s continued dedication to ensure the security of travelers in the region.”

Johansson also stressed that this is not only an outstanding accomplishment by NFTA employees, but for the employees as well. “This process is not regulatory,” he said. “This is voluntary in nature. We have experts that have ideas, suggestions and best practices, but in no way shape or form is this a requirement. This level of achievement goes a long way of showing what a great partnership the federal government has with the NFTA.”

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “I am extremely proud of our dedicated team who work each day to ensure our Metro transit system and facilities are safe and secure for our customers and employees. This honor recognizes and validates the extent of their collective efforts.”