Serial No. 113-43: TSA's Spot Program and Initial Lessons from the LAX Shooting, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2013   [open pdf - 371KB]

This is the November 14, 2013 hearing on "TSA's SPOT Program" held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Richard Hudson: "In light of the recent tragedy that occurred at LAX [Los Angeles International Airport], it is critical, now more than ever, for TSA [Transportation Security Administration] to work with stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive review of security programs, to ensure that resources are being used in the most effective and efficient manner, and that coordination and communication with local law enforcement is seamless. The area prior to screening at an airport is a 'soft target' where masses of people gather, much like a shopping mall or a train station. This leaves airports open to virtually anyone who wants to enter, including someone with malicious intent. While it is the airport's responsibility to provide security and law enforcement, we all know that there are unavoidable risks of being in public spaces, and incidents like this one, albeit tragic, are not always preventable. What is important now is to identify whether there were any unnecessary vulnerabilities that we can learn from. Did TSA and airport police have seamless communication? Are there resources that could be shifted around to create a more robust, layered security posture? I don't expect our witnesses to have all the answers yet. But I do believe this hearing is a timely opportunity to examine one program that has been heavily criticized by both the Government Accounting Office and the DHS Office of Inspector General." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John S. Pistole, Daniel M. Gerstein, Stephen M. Lord, and Charles K. Edwards.

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