ABSTRACT

Surface Transportation: TSA Implementation of Security Training Requirement, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "Surface transportation operations such as freight and passenger rail can be difficult to secure. Their open architectures are designed to move people and goods quickly and passengers are generally not subject to vetting. To address this risk, the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Commission Act) required that TSA develop regulations requiring security training for certain surface transportation employees. The 9/11 Commission Act also includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review implementation of these regulations after issuance of TSA's final rule. This report describes (1) the key regulatory requirements for the security training programs; (2) TSA's process for and results from reviewing the training programs; (3) industry associations' and selected owner/operators' perspectives on the training programs; and (4) the status of training program implementation and TSA's monitoring plans. To conduct this review, GAO analyzed TSA program guidance and other documents, and interviewed TSA officials. GAO also interviewed representatives from three surface transportation industry associations and a nongeneralizable sample of six owner/operators selected to capture variation in transportation mode, operation size, and training program status. This sample allowed GAO to learn about important aspects of the implementation of TSA's final rule, but it was not designed to provide findings representative of all the owner/operators that are required to implement this training program."

Report Number:
GAO-22-105315
Publisher:
Date:
2022-04
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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