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Critical Infrastructure Protection: Actions Needed to Address Significant Weaknesses in TSA's Pipeline Security Program Management

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Transportation Security Administration
Priority Rec.
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The TSA Administrator should direct the Security Policy and Industry Engagement's Surface Division to identify or develop other data sources relevant to threat, vulnerability, and consequence consistent with the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and DHS critical infrastructure risk mitigation priorities and incorporate that data into the Pipeline Relative Risk Ranking Tool to assess relative risk of critical pipeline systems, which could include data on prior attacks, natural hazards, feedback data on pipeline system performance, physical pipeline condition, and cross-sector interdependencies. (Recommendation 6)
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As of July 2021, TSA officials reported meeting with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in February and March 2019 for their input on the identification of sources relevant to threat, vulnerability, and consequence consistent with the National Infrastructure Protection Plan and DHS critical infrastructure risk mitigation priorities. TSA officials also reported meeting with RAND personnel in March 2020 to discuss possible contract options for addressing this recommendation. Further action on this recommendation has

Transportation Security Administration
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The TSA Administrator should direct the Security Policy and Industry Engagement's Surface Division to take steps to coordinate an independent, external peer review of its Pipeline Relative Risk Ranking Tool, after the Pipeline Security Branch completes enhancements to its risk assessment approach. (Recommendation 7)
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As of July 2021, DHS officials reported that TSA will take steps to coordinate an independent, external peer review of its Pipeline Relative Risk Ranking Tool after addressing recommendations 4,5, and 6 of this report. As recommendation 6 remains open, TSA officials reported that they have not yet taken action on this recommendation. We will continue to monitor TSA's efforts to address the recommendation.

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