As head of TSA, Schear will oversee security surveillance and screening at BWI. He is replacing Paul Malandrino, who left TSA this summer to head Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Schear served as TSA deputy assistant administrator for aviation operations from 2002 to 2004. Since then, he was vice president of restructuring with U.S. Airways Group Inc. (NYSE: LCC). He is currently the general manager for plans and programs with TSA's security operations office where he oversees screening and compliance issues for the federal agency.
"Jim has played an instrumental role in this agency since startup," said Mike Restovich, TSA's assistant administrator for security operations.
TSA hired more than 50,000 transportation security officers nationwide after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The agency used a national hiring contractor to speed the process along. Now TSA is making the transition to local recruitment, allowing airports to hire their own staffs.
Last year 19.74 million passengers used BWI.