Evaluation of the Transportation Security Administration's Screener Training and Methods of Testing [open pdf - 8MB]
"In response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, Congress enacted the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, Public Law No. 107-71 (ATSA), which established the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). On February 17, 2002, TSA officially assumed responsibility for civil aviation security functions and began hiring and training federal employees to perform passenger checkpoint and checked baggage screening functions. TSA developed two basic training courses to address the needs of passenger and checked baggage screeners. Although both types of screeners are taught some shared knowledge and skills, passenger checkpoint screeners develop additional skills in X-ray operation, screening of persons, and searching accessible property, while checked baggage screeners develop additional skills in searching checked baggage and operating certain machines that detect explosives. TSA's early versions of the basic training courses received criticism from the Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security Offices of Inspector General for the quality of OJT and checked baggage screener testing. In June 2003, TSA's Office of Workforce Performance and Training announced plans for course revisions. This review was initiated to determine whether TSA updated the courses and is meeting the training requirements set by ATSA."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-04-045
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