< PrevNext > Peter Neffenger, TSA administrator The United States' Security Guard By Michael B. Baker / December 20, 2016 / Contact Reporter Share Registration for trusted traveler programs has skyrocketed under Neffenger. When he took over the TSA in the summer of 2015, enrollment in TSA Precheck averaged about 3,000 new names per day. A year later, it was hitting as many as 20,000 per day, and overall enrollment in trusted traveler programs—which also include Global Entry, Nexus and SENTRI—has reached more than 12 million.That Precheck boost came in part from a TSA advertising push and its partnerships with credit card and travel supplier reward programs, but Neffenger has been taking the case for enrollment directly to the corporate travel buyer, as well. Working with a private vendor to set up pop-up enrollment centers at major events like the Global Business Travel Association's annual conference and expo. It has worked with airlines to create on-site enrollment at clients' offices so corporate travelers can sign up at work. The TSA also worked with Microsoft, which bought Precheck for its frequent travelers, to develop a business case to present to other large companies that might do the same.Of course, early adopters of Precheck might not be thrilled to see their lines getting longer, but greater enrollment means the TSA can devote more resources to Precheck lines. In tandem with the enrollment boost, TSA has partnered with airlines to automate lines in busy airports—making bin return automatic like a bowling ball return, for example—to speed up the process without compromising security.Neffenger ultimately would like to see everyone who takes even a few trips per year enrolled in a trusted traveler program. The TSA could examine ways to make the security experience even faster for those willing to share more personal information, he said. "In an ideal world, you'd have a fully vetted population traveling. It significantly reduces risk and gives us the opportunity to doing more risk categorization, so you can envision having a population of people who are even more trusted than others."