Nomination Hearing -- Peter Neffenger to be Assistant Secretary of the TSA

May 21, 2015


The pending nominee to be the next administrator of the Transportation Security Administration will provide testimony at a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation confirmation hearing on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at **10:15 a.m.
In a letter to President Obama on January 27, 2015, U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with subcommittee leaders Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) urged the President to “prioritize the formal nomination of a qualified, experienced, and dedicated individual to serve as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration."  This request was made following the October 2014 retirement announcement by the former TSA administrator, who stepped down on December 31, 2014, which left the TSA without a Senate-confirmed leader for this critical security related position. On April 28, 2015, the president nominated Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger, the current Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, to fill the post.

Nomination Under Consideration:

- Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger to be Assistant Secretary, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Hearing Details:

Thursday, May 21, 2015
**10:15 a.m.
Full committee nomination hearing
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. A live video of the hearing will be available here.

For reporters interested in reserving a seat, please contact the press gallery:

• Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265

• Radio/Television Gallery – 202-224-6421

• Press Photographers Gallery – 202-224-6548

• Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.

Public Questionnaire:

Neffenger questionnaire



Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Bill Nelson

Witness Panel 1