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Accession Number PB2013-110051
Title Transportation Security: Action Needed to Strengthen TSA's Security Threat Assessment Process.
Publication Date Jul 2013
Media Count 48p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract TSA implements programs that, for example, ensure individuals with unescorted access to secure areas of the nation's critical transportation infrastructure do not pose a security threat. Key to these programs are security threat assessments that screen individuals for links to terrorism, criminal history, and immigration status. TSA's Adjudication Center serves as the primary operational component in this process. GAO was asked to examine the performance and staffing strategy of the center. This report addresses the extent to which 1) TSA has measured performance for the center and what the data show; 2) TSA offices have coordinated to meet security threat assessment workload; and 3) TSA addressed potential risks posed by using a mix of government employees and contractors to adjudicate security threat assessments. GAO analyzed TSA data describing the center's performance since October 2010; reviewed documentation, including staffing plans; and interviewed TSA officials about data measurement and staffing practices.
Keywords Access
Criminal history
National security
Performance evaluation
Threat evaluation
Transportation Security Administration(TSA)
Transportation systems

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 85 - Transportation
85D - Transportation Safety
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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