Screening Partnership Program: TSA Has Improved Application Guidance and Monitoring of Screener Performance, and Continues to Improve Cost Comparison Methods

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) maintains a federal workforce to screen passengers and baggage at the majority of the nation’s commercial airports, but it also oversees a workforce of private screeners at airports who participate in the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). The SPP allows commercial airports to apply to have screening performed by private screeners, who are to provide a level of screening services and protection that equals or exceeds that of federal screeners. This testimony addresses the extent to which TSA (1) provides guidance to airport operators for the SPP application process, (2) assesses and monitors the performance of private versus federal screeners, and (3) compares the costs of federal and private screeners. This statement is based on reports and a testimony the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued from January 2009 through January 2014. GAO has made several recommendations since 2009 to improve SPP operations and oversight, which GAO has since closed as implemented based on TSA actions to address them.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01535699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-14-787T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 3:49PM