Surface Transportation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Its Surface Inspector Program, but Lacks Performance Targets, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Document: "Surface transportation--freight and passenger rail, mass transit, highway, maritime and pipeline systems--is vulnerable to global terrorism and other threats. TSA is the federal agency primarily responsible for securing surface transportation systems. The FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires TSA to submit a plan to guide its Surface Transportation Security Inspectors Program. The Act includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review TSA's plan. This report examines the extent to which TSA's plan and its implementation: (1) address known data limitations related to tracking surface inspector activities among non-surface modes, (2) align surface operations with risk assessments, and how, if at all, TSA ensures inspectors prioritize activities in high-risk modes and locations, and (3) establish performance targets for the surface inspector program. GAO reviewed TSA's June 2019 plan and analyzed data on inspector activities for fiscal years 2017 through 2019. GAO interviewed officials in headquarters and a non-generalizable sample of 7 field offices selected based on geographical location and the presence of high-risk urban areas."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/