Cosgrave returns to government

Paul Cosgrave, former chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service, will return to government work Feb. 1 to help the new Transportation Security Administration put in place technology needed to improve airport security.

Cosgrave will work with John Magaw, who was appointed undersecretary for transportation security by President Bush Jan. 7, to figure out what technology airports need to solve their security problems. His role, Cosgrave said, is "to examine all available technology and come up with a technology plan."

He said he will work with TSA as a consultant, but will give up his current position as president of business-to- business construction company eAECglobal — a job that has him splitting his time between the United States and Europe. The TSA post is a "full-time responsibility," Cosgrave said via cell phone from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Cosgrave started at the IRS as a consultant in 1998 and soon became CIO. He was instrumental in developing the agency's modernization blueprint, which defines how to improve business operations with technology. He left for the private sector a year ago.

The motivation to return to government, Cosgrave said, is "led by the opportunity to make a difference."

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which created TSA, mandates that Magaw take control of airline security no later than Feb. 17, according to Paul Takemoto, TSA spokesman.

Other requirements Magaw faces in his new post include ensuring that the screening of all checked bags for explosives was begun by Jan. 18 and that an explosives-detection system is in place by the end of the year.

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