TSA Reauthorized in FAA bill

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TSA Reauthorized in FAA bill

Postby Greg on Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:41 pm

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 also reauthorized TSA for the first time since its creation in late 2001. Some highlights as regards to TSA:

Division K – Transportation Security

Title I – Transportation Security

The majority of this title comes from the S. 1872, the TSA Modernization Act and S. 763, the Surface and Maritime Transportation Security Act, which the Commerce Committee has reported.

Subtitle A – Organization and Authorizations

Includes a three-year authorization for the Transportation Security Administration’s salaries, operations, and maintenance: $7.8 billion for fiscal year 2019; $7.9 billion for fiscal year 2020; and $7.9 billion for fiscal year 2021.

Amends current law to reflect the transfer of TSA from DOT to the Department of Homeland Security. Sets the TSA administrator term at five years. Requires the president to appoint the deputy administrator of TSA.

Subtitle B – Security Technology

Instructs TSA to establish a program to authorize third-party testing and evaluation of security screening equipment to speed up deployment of the latest security technologies. Authorizes the Innovation Task Force to accelerate the development of innovative security technologies.

Directs TSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to study the use of biometric technology.

Authorizes $15 million for each of fiscal years 2019 to 2021 to set up and operate a pilot program at small hub and non-hub airports for testing automated exit lane technology. This technology could be used in place of security personnel to prevent wrong-way security breaches.

Additionally, the division authorizes $77 million for each of fiscal years 2019 to 2021 for current TSA security at passenger exit points in secure areas of the airport.

Requires TSA to provide real-time security checkpoint wait times available online and at terminals.

Subtitle C – Public Area Security

Directs TSA to develop standards to test and certify third-party explosives detection canine teams to increase the number of canines that screen passengers, property, and cargo at transportation hubs, including airports. Authorizes use of other transaction authority to test and certify more canine teams.

Authorizes $55 million annually for fiscal years 2019 through 2021, for the Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement Program, which many airports use to deploy officers.

Subtitle D – Passenger and Cargo Security

Requires TSA to work with the private sector to better market and improve PreCheck enrollment market, including providing secure online or mobile enrollment. Directs TSA to reach enrollment targets over the next three years.

Credits fees collected from the passenger security fee as offsetting collections to appropriations for TSA aviation security measures starting in fiscal year 2027, when the portion of these fees dedicated for other purposes expires.

Expands the ability to use the Screening Partnership Program, which allows airports to choose private security contractors instead of TSA employees.

Requires TSA to revise its training for screening disabled passengers and compile data on complaints.

Subtitle E – Foreign Airport Security

Requires TSA to consult and notify certain aviation stakeholders before changing security standards for last point of departure airports. Directs TSA immediately to rescreen passengers and baggage that arrives from a foreign airport, upon discovery of specific threat intelligence.

Subtitle F – Cockpit and Cabin Security

Requires written agreements with foreign governments for the federal air marshal service program. Directs TSA to review training requirements for the federal flight deck officer program for armed pilots to make it easier to participate in the program.

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