On January 17 the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced that security leader Steven Frid has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the agency. The announcement follows a formal search process as designated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
Frid dedicated his career to collecting and analyzing data about risks to federal employees, facilities, information and operations within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Education. Some of Frid's past achievements include:
- As Security Director at Federal Student Aid, Frid built the first personnel security division and developed a technology solution bringing automation, accountability, cost savings, and case management support to various parts of the agency.
- As the first Chief of the Contractor Support Branch at the U.S. Secret Service, he transformed personnel security operations to provide real-time tracking for field offices across the United States.
- Through his evaluation to reduce costs associated with background investigations at the U.S. Coast Guard, he was instrumental in the process which audited security clearance requests to ensure personnel were granted the appropriate clearance level.
- At OPM and the Transportation Security Administration, his high production and quality in case management earned him awards and opportunities to train others, fostering a results-driven workforce.
Frid earned a B.S. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Homeland Security Management from Towson University; he also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Frid is scheduled to begin his tenure at the EAC starting January 30, 2023.