Explosives Detection Canines: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a multilayered system composed of people, processes, and technology to protect the nation’s transportation system. One of TSA’s security layers is the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP), composed of over 800 deployed explosives detection canine teams, including passenger screening canine (PSC) teams trained to detect explosives on passengers. This testimony from Jennifer Grover, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, addresses the extent to which TSA has (1) regularly analyzed data to identify program trends and areas working well or in need of corrective action, and (2) comprehensively assessed the effectiveness of PSCs, and coordinated with stakeholders to deploy PSC teams to the highest-risk airports and utilize them as intended. This statement is based on a report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued in January 2013 and selected updates obtained from October 2013 through June 2014. For the selected updates, GAO reviewed TSA documentation, including the results of PSC effectiveness assessments, and interviewed agency officials on the status of implementing GAO’s recommendations. GAO is making no new recommendations in this statement.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01529383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-14-695T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2014 3:12PM