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Homeland Security/Law Enforcement: Checked Baggage Screening (2013-28)

By reviewing the appropriateness of the federal cost share the Transportation Security Administration applies to agreements financing airport facility modification projects related to the installation of checked baggage screening systems, the Transportation Security Administration could, if a reduced cost share was deemed appropriate, achieve cost efficiencies and be positioned to install a greater number of optimal baggage screening systems than it currently anticipates.

Action:

Congress may wish to consider directing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to study, in consultation with relevant industry stakeholders, whether the 90 percent federal cost share that TSA generally applies to cost sharing agreements for eligible airport facility modification projects, related to the installation of checked baggage screening systems, is appropriate or should be adjusted.

Progress:

As of February 2018, no legislative action had been identified. Since GAO made its suggestion in April 2013, there has been less demand for airport improvement projects to install checked baggage screening systems because many projects across TSA-regulated airports have been completed or remain in progress under existing cost sharing agreements. Furthermore, since fiscal year 2012, Congress has authorized TSA to use a funding source to procure and install checked baggage screening equipment that had previously been dedicated solely to support the facility modification projects necessary to install checked baggage screening systems. For these reasons, in conjunction with an absence of Congressional action to address the cost share since GAO first made its suggestion, GAO has closed this action as not addressed and will no longer track implementation.

Implementing Entity:

Congress

Action:

Congress may wish to consider whether an amendment to current legislation, or enactment of new legislation, is necessary and warranted if it is determined that a change in the current federal cost share that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) generally applies to these cost sharing agreements is appropriate.

Progress:

As of February 2018, no legislative action had been identified. Since GAO made its suggestion in April 2013, there has been less demand for airport improvement projects to install checked baggage screening systems because many projects across TSA-regulated airports have been completed or remain in progress under existing cost sharing agreements. Furthermore, since fiscal year 2012, Congress has authorized TSA to use a funding source to procure and install checked baggage screening equipment that had previously been dedicated solely to support the facility modification projects necessary to install checked baggage screening systems. For these reasons, in conjunction with an absence of Congressional action to address the cost share since GAO first made its suggestion, GAO has closed this action as not addressed and will no longer track implementation.

Implementing Entity:

Congress
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