Vera Adams

Deputy Federal Security Director at TSA Inc

601 12th Street South, Arlington, Virginia, United States
HQ Phone:
(571) 227-2323
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Last Updated 6/10/2009

General Information

Employment History

Port Director  - Customs and Border Protection

Federal Security Director, Department  - Homeland Security/TSA


bachelor's degree  - Tulane University


Ports Director  - Bureau of Customs

Executive Director  - Commercial Targeting

Port Director  - Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport

Web References  

Vera Adams - Air Cargo Conference

Vera Adams
Director, Aviation Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement Transportation Security Administration Vera Adams has served nearly 27 years with the Federal government; 18 and a half with U.S. Customs and Customs and Border Protection, and 9 years with the Transportation Security Administration. She has served as Executive Advisor, Office of the Administrator, since January, 2015, until recently selected as the Director, Aviation Division for OSPIE. In July 2013, Ms. Adams was appointed the Deputy Director, Field Operations and Engagement, Office of Security Operations, TSA Headquarters. In this position, Vera managed a workforce of 50,000 frontline employees through 7 Regional Directors, stationed at nearly 450 airports, as well as two branches of HQ staff dedicated to emergency preparedness and field oversight activities. Ms. Adams also co-chaired the LAX Shooting After-Action Team, responsible for reviewing officer safety in light of the shooting death of a Transportation Security Officer and injury of two others. As part of this project, she directed many of the adopted officer safety improvement actions, and co-wrote the after-action report to Congress. From January 2011 through July 2013, Ms. Adams served as the Federal Security Director for the State of Utah, where she directed over 600 security and regulatory staff responsible for the operations and oversight of 8 commercial and 48 general aviation airports. Previous to serving as the FSD Utah, she was the Deputy FSD, at Los Angeles International Airport, overseeing operations and leading a staff of 2,500. Ms. Adams joined the TSA from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where she served as Executive Director, Trade Enforcement and Facilitation at Customs Headquarters in Washington D.C. In this position, Ms. Adams led 5 divisions and 90 program officers responsible for a wide-range of policy programs relating to the arrival of international cargo via air, sea, rail, truck and express consignment modes, fines, penalties, and forfeitures, seized property, international trade agreements, and anti-smuggling strategies. Additionally, Vera Adams served as Port Director for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport from 2000 to 2005. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is also a graduate of the Customs Leadership Institute at Columbia University Executive School of Business Management in New York, and spent a year of study at the London School of Economics in London, England.

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"While one firearm at the checkpoint is one too many, we are pleased that the numbers in Utah are trending in the right direction and we are seeing fewer firearms in passengers' carry-on bags," said Vera Adams, TSA Federal Security Director for Utah.
She cautioned passengers to make time before trying to board aircraft to "double-check the contents of your luggage.

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Passengers 12 and under are allowed to keep their shoes on when going through the security check point," said Vera Adams, federal security director for the TSA's Utah division.
Passengers 75 and older can also keep their shoes on," she continued, "as well as any light-weight outer jackets." "If they have plenty of time before their flight, they won't be stressed, they won't be rushed, and they can take their time going through the security process," Adams said.

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