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Screening Partnership Program: TSA Should Issue More Guidance to Airports and Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance
GAO-13-208: Published: Dec 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2012.
Since implementation of the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) in 2004, 29 airports have applied to the program, citing various advantages and relatively few disadvantages. Of the 25 approved, 16 are participating in the program, 6 are currently in the contractor procurement process, and the remainder withdrew from participation because their commercial airline services were discontinued. In 2011...
Air Passenger Screening: Transportation Security Administration Needs to Improve Complaint Processes
GAO-13-186T: Published: Nov 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2012.
In summary, TSA receives thousands of air passenger screening complaints through five central mechanisms, but does not have an agencywide policy, consistent processes, or a focal point to guide receipt and use of such information. Also, while the agency has several methods to inform passengers about its complaint processes, it does not have an agencywide policy or mechanism to ensure consistent us...
Air Passenger Screening: Transportation Security Administration Could Improve Complaint Processes
GAO-13-43: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) receives thousands of air passenger screening complaints through five mechanisms, but does not have an agencywide policy or consistent processes to guide receipt and use of such information. For example, from October 2009 through June 2012, TSA received more than 39,000 screening complaints through its TSA Contact Center (TCC). However, the data fro...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Measuring Progress and Addressing Potential Privacy Concerns Would Facilitate Integration into the National Airspace System [Reissued on September 18, 2012]
GAO-12-981: Published: Sep 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2012.
Progress has been made, but additional work is needed to overcome many of the obstacles to the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that GAO identified in 2008. GAO reported in 2008 that UAS could not meet the aviation safety requirements developed for manned aircraft and that this posed several obstacles to safe and routine operation in the national airspace system. These obstacles...
Aviation Security: 9/11 Anniversary Observations on TSA's Progress and Challenges in Strengthening Aviation Security
GAO-12-1024T: Published: Sep 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2012.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken actions to validate the science underlying its behavior-based passenger screening program, the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, program, but more work remains. GAO reported in May 2010 that (1) TSA deployed SPOT before first determining whether there was a scientifically valid basis for using behavior and appeara...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Use in the National Airspace System and the Role of the Department of Homeland Security
GAO-12-889T: Published: Jul 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2012.
GAO earlier reported that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) could not meet the aviation safety requirements developed for manned aircraft and posed several obstacles to operating safely and routinely in the national airspace system. These include 1) the inability for UAS to detect, sense, and avoid other aircraft and airborne objects in a manner similar to see and avoid by a pilot in a m...
General Aviation Security: TSA's Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Risk Has Weaknesses
GAO-12-900T: Published: Jul 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2012.
TSA and aircraft operators have taken several important actions to enhance general aviation security, and TSA is working with aviation industry stakeholders to develop new security guidelines and regulations. Among other measures, TSA worked with members of the General Aviation Working Group of its Aviation Security Advisory Committee in 2003 and 2004 to develop recommended guidelines for general...
General Aviation Security: Weaknesses Exist in TSA's Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Threat
GAO-12-875: Published: Jul 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2012.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and aircraft operators have taken several important actions to enhance general aviation security, and TSA is gathering input from operators to develop additional requirements. For example, TSA requires that certain general aviation aircraft operators implement security programs. Aircraft operators under these programs must, among other things, devel...
Aviation Security: Status of TSA's Acquisition of Technology for Screening Passenger Identification and Boarding Passes
GAO-12-826T: Published: Jun 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2012.
In summary, TSA has completed its initial testing of the CAT/BPSS technology and has begun operational testing at three airports. We found the projects associated life cycle cost estimate to be reasonably comprehensive and well documented, although we are less confident in its accuracy due to questions about the assumed inflation rate. In addition, we could not evaluate its credibility becau...
Aviation Security: Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Potential Vulnerabilities Related to Securing Inbound Air Cargo
GAO-12-632: Published: May 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2012.
What GAO FoundThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken three primary actions since October 2010 to enhance security of inbound cargo on passenger and all-cargo aircraft. First, from October 2010 through May 2011, TSA issued new risk-based security requirements to focus more detailed screening measures on high-risk shipments, including prohibiting the transport of air cargo on pa...