Transportation Security Information Sharing

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A recent Government Accountability Report (GAO),
“Transportation Security Information Sharing: Stakeholders Generally Satisfied but TSA Could Improve Analysis, Awareness, and Accountability” addresses the importance of intelligence sharing between the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and security stakeholders.

TSA is responsible for intelligence dissemination for a majority of the nation’s transportation systems, which include railways, highways, and aviation. In the event of an emergency or terrorist attack, rapid and reliable intelligence sharing would be imperative.

The 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 made several recommendations to the Transportation and Security Administration. This recently released GAO report assesses how well the recommendations were met.

The report assesses the following:
1) “the satisfaction of transportation stakeholders with the quality of TSA’s transportation security information products”
2) “satisfaction with mechanisms used to disseminate them”
3) “the extent to which TSA’s roles and responsibilities are clearly defined”

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