Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration: Air Cargo Screening
GAO-11-931R, Aug 31, 2011
GAO reviewed the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new rule on air cargo screening. GAO found that (1) the new rule amends two provisions of the Air Cargo Screening Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued on September 16, 2009, and responds to public comments on the IFR. The IFR established the Certified Cargo Screening Program, in which TSA certifies shippers, indirect air carriers, and other entities as Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSFs) to screen cargo prior to transport on passenger aircraft. Under the IFR, each CCSF applicant had to successfully undergo an assessment of their facility by a TSA-approved validation firm or by TSA. In response to public comment, this final rule removes all validation firm and validator provisions, so that TSA will continue to conduct assessments of the applicant's facility to determine if certification is appropriate; and (2) TSA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.