Chief, Physical Security Branch, Judiciary Security Division, Facilities and Security Office
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
The Judiciary Security Division (JSD) of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) is responsible for the oversight of the implementation of the policies enacted by the Judicial Conference of the United States at over 700 facilities occupied by courts or court units nationwide. To fulfill this mission, the JSD oversees the expenditure of the Court Security Appropriation. This unique congressional appropriation, which currently exceeds $860 million, provides funding to the United States Marshals Service’s (USMS) Judicial Security Division, including for the Court Security Officers program, the Office of Security Systems, which oversees the management and installation of security countermeasures in judicial space nationwide and the branches funding of its share of the costs of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) for the implementation of building- and agency-specific security countermeasures. As chief of the Physical Security Branch for the Judiciary, Mark Hartz serves as the subject matter expert to the AOUSC, judges and court unit executives throughout the country. He provides guidance to both the USMS and FPS on the development and implementation of security policy at judiciary locations. Hartz serves as the lead for the JSD Project 365 video series, which in 2017 received an Emmy Award for its Active Shooter video.
In his role, Hartz serves as the judiciary’s representative to the Interagency Security Committee, and in that role he chaired the Standards Subcommittee during the 2021 revision of the Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities and as a member of the working groups on security countermeasures, the design basis threat, prohibited items in federal facilities and the implementation of the Real ID Act.
Prior to joining the judiciary, Hartz served as the program planning officer for the Hazardous Incidents Response Division of the U.S. Capitol Police, which oversees the Bomb Squad and WMD/HAZMAT teams. In this role, he was part of the team responsible for the development of contingency operational plans for the 55th presidential inauguration, the dedication of the World War II Memorial, the state funerals for Presidents Reagan and Ford and four presidential State of the Union addresses.
Prior to coming to the federal government, Hartz spent 15 years in law enforcement and public service in New York, where he held positions ranging from police officer to senior operations representative in the Bureau of Emergency Services, responsible for supporting state-level command and control operations for incidents ranging from wildfires and ice storms to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks in New York City. He has served as an adjunct faculty member or instructor at the New York State Fire and Emergency Services Academy, the National Fire Academy, the National Emergency Training Center and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Glynco, Georgia, and Cheltenham, Maryland, as well as several college and university emergency, security and law enforcement training programs.
Increased domestic tensions, targeted violence and disinformation have made public buildings more frequent targets of violent civil unrest. Understanding the current threat environment with its evolving tactics is critical for risk management and preparedness efforts. Lessons learned and best practices from real-world incidents by those who have firsthand experience are invaluable.
In this session, Daryle Hernandez, chief of the Interagency Security Committee, will moderate a panel of senior security professionals and practitioners who will share perspectives on the contemporary threat and how to prepare for and respond to it based on their recent experience confronting these incidents. Their knowledge and lessons learned may be applied to federal buildings, state, municipal and private-sector buildings accessible to the public.