Promise of Registered Traveler Part I and II: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure, Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, June 9, 2005 and June 16, 2005 [open pdf - 652KB]
From the opening statement of Daniel Lungren: "The purpose of the hearing is to examine whether the Registered Traveler Program is living up to its promise of enhancing security and improving efficiency in screening operations at airport checkpoints. The Registered Traveler Program is an important initiative, which, when fully implemented, I believe, should improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of the TSA airport security screening process. Registered Traveler will allow travelers who undergo background checks and submit themselves to biometric verification to go through expedited security screening procedures. Unfortunately, however, this program does not appear to have progressed as Congress had intended. I, along with many other members of Congress, continue to be frustrated by this lack of apparent progress with the Registered Traveler Program. … Sadly, as it is currently structured, the program may not provide any of the originally envisioned operational benefits to TSA, the airlines or the traveling public. Instead, it appears that we may have in our midst a program of questionable benefit. Today, we will hear from the perspectives of industry observers, outside experts and current program participants on problems of the current system and ways it could be made more effective. We will have a follow-up hearing next week with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss the issues raised here today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Loretta Sanchez, Christopher Cox, Bennie G. Thompson, Peter A. DeFazio, Norman D. Dicks, John Linder, Stevan Pearce, Mike Rogers, William Connors, Brigette Goersch, Jim Harper, Robert Isom, and Stewart Verdery.
Serial No. 109-19
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