TSA Oversight Part 2: Airport Perimeter Security, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, July 13, 2011   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Jason Chaffetz: "We appreciate you all being here for this oversight hearing, part number 2, regarding the TSA [Transportation Security Administration] airport perimeter screening. I'd like to welcome Ranking Member Tierney and members of the subcommittee and members of the audience who are here and participating with us, and those of you that are watching on television. Today's proceedings are the second in a series of hearings designed to evaluate the status of U.S. airport security and the policies employed by the Department of Homeland Security. There are a number of concerns that have been highlighted to be drawn out here today. First and foremost, we have learned that there have been 25,000 security breaches at U.S. airports since November 2001. And I do appreciate the TSA in tracking and providing that data, but obviously those are the ones that we know about, and the deep concern is what about the ones that we don't know about, and the creativity and things that can happen in the future. We also are deeply concerned about the TSA failing to conduct threat vulnerability assessments in order to identify gaps in perimeter screening. In 2009 the GAO [Government Accountability Office] had concluded there were 87 percent of these airports that had not had these threat assessments done, and that number really has not changed. TSA also lacks a national strategy to secure commercial airports and access control; this, again, coming from a GAO report that says that the Nation's 457 commercial airports have not, 'been guided by a unifying national strategy.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jason Chaffetz, John Sammon, Stephen M. Lord, TJ ''Jerry'' Orr, Rafi Ron, William Parker, and John F. Tierney.

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