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Aviation Security Further Steps Needed to Strengthen the Security of Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls

By Berrick, Cathleen A.

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Title: Aviation Security Further Steps Needed to Strengthen the Security of Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls  
Author: Berrick, Cathleen A.
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
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Berrick, C. A. (n.d.). Aviation Security Further Steps Needed to Strengthen the Security of Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Excerpt: In November 2001, shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush signed into law the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, or ATSA (Pub. L. No. 107-71). The act established the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), giving it responsibility for securing all modes of transportation, including aviation. One of TSA’s first challenges imposed by the act was to improve the security of airline passenger and baggage screening activities, activities for which TSA has direct responsibility. The agency is also taking action to address provisions of the act to improve three other areas of aviation security: the security of airport perimeters (such as airfield fencing and access gates), the adequacy of controls restricting unauthorized access to secured areas (such as building entry ways leading to aircraft), and security measures pertaining to individuals who work at airports. Recent media reports of security breaches and other illegal activities, such as drug smuggling, taking place at some airports highlight the importance of strengthening security in these areas. Taken as a whole, these areas, along with passenger and baggage screening, comprise key elements of the aviation security environment at commercial airports, both individually and as a nationwide system.

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Contents Letter 1 Results in Brief 3 Background 4 TSA Has Begun Evaluating Commercial Airport Security but Needs a Better Approach for Assessing Results 10 TSA Has Begun Efforts but Has Not Fully Developed Plans to Fund Security Enhancements and Assess Security Technologies 16 TSA Has Helped to Reduce Potential Security Risks Posed by Airport Workers but Has Not Determined How to Fully Address Legislative Requirements 26 Conclusions 37 Recommendations for Executive Action 38 Agency Comments 38 Appendix I Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 40 Appendix II GAO’s Risk Assessment Model and TSA’s Tools to Implement a Risk Management Approach 43 Appendix III Comments from the Department of Homeland Security 48 Appendix IV GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments 54 GAO Contacts 54 Staff Acknowledgments 54 Tables Table 1: Types of Enforcement Actions Used by TSA to Address Airport Operator Noncompliance with Security Requirements between October 2003 and February 2004 12 Table 2: Distribution of AIP Grant Funds Awarded for Security Projects by Project Type, Fiscal Year 2002 18

 

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