YOU AND YOUR GUIDE DOG FEATURES, KIMBERLY BANDY, TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TO DISCUSS TSA'S STANDARDS REGARDING TRAVELERS USING GUIDE DOGS AND OTHER SERVICE DOGS

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) strives to provide the highest levels of security and customer service to all who pass through airport security checkpoint ensuring that all passengers, regardless of their personal situations and needs, are treated with respect and courtesy.
On March 12, 2014, Kimberly Bandy, Disability and Medical Condition Acting Branch Manager will present on TSA's programs and initiatives that can benefit people with disabilities and medical conditions. Ms. Bandy will share information about TSA Cares, TSA's Program Support Specialists (PSS), TSA Pre?™ and what to expect for passengers who are blind/visually impaired and passengers who use service dogs.
Ms. Bandy's email is Kimberly.bandy@tsa.dhs.gov

Kimberly Bandy
TSA CRL/MTE Disability and Multicultural Branch

Kimberly Bandy is presently the Acting Division Director for the Multicultural and Disability Branch within TSA Civil Rights Liberties Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement. In this role, she manages the multicultural and disability branch's complaints processing, outreach, training and policy review. She has over twenty years of experience in civil rights, civil liberties and public policy in both the state and Federal government sectors.

Kimberly joined TSA in March 2004, as a Senior EEO Specialist with the External Compliance Division within the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties investing passenger complaints, conducting policy analysis and community outreach. In April 2007, Kimberly joined the TSA Civil Rights Regional Support Operations Division as the Senior Civil Rights Manager for the Central Region. In this role, Kimberly provided advice, guidance and support to supervisors and managers at field level components, the FAMs and HQ Staff offices in fulfilling their EEO responsibilities.

In May 2008, Kimberly was appointed TSA's Federal Women's Program Manager. As a part of her outreach efforts, she developed a FWP SharePoint Site to provide timely information to TSA management on recruiting, retaining and promoting women in TSA. She coordinated Brown-Bag panel discussions in observance of Women's Equality Day and Women's History Month. She also drafted and published articles for the TSA weekly publication regarding her FWP Bookclub, annual observances and TSA's participation in the Federally Employed Women's Conference. Kimberly also created a TSA Federal Women's Program Working Group which met regularly to network and to discuss strategies on retaining, recruiting and promoting women within the agency

Prior to coming to TSA, Kimberly worked for the Title VI Division with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights from 2002-04 where she developed the recipient compliance monitoring program. At the state level, Kimberly was the Title VI Director for the State of Tennessee housed within the Tennessee Human Rights Commission from 1995-02. As the first director, Kimberly developed and established the components, guidelines, and objectives of a comprehensive state policy to ensure and promote present and future compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, across Tennessee State and local agencies. Kimberly has also published articles for journals and newspapers across the country regarding public policy and civil rights. She also coordinated annual Legislative hearings to assess agencies compliance with Title VI.

Kimberly also served on the Tennessee State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is also a member of the Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference, Amnesty International, Intl Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority INC. Kimberly was a NGO delegate to 1998 International Black Women' Conference in Johnannsburg South Africa and the 2001 UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in Durban South Africa.

In her leisure time, Kim enjoys traveling, conducting international missions, running marathons, yoga and is an avid reader and a member of several book clubs.

Education: Kimberly holds a B.A. in Psychology from Marshall University and a M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Fisk University. She was a 2003 graduate of the USDA Executive Leadership Program. She is also a General Civil Mediator certified through the Tennessee Supreme Court.