Explosives Detection Canines: TSA Has Enhanced Its Canine Program, but Opportunities May Exist to Reduce Costs

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a multilayered system composed of people, processes, and technology to protect the nation’s transportation systems. One of TSA’s security layers is comprised of nearly 800 deployed explosives detection canine teams—a canine paired with a handler. These teams include passenger screening canine (PSC) teams trained to detect explosives on passengers and conventional canines trained to detect explosives in objects, such as cargo. In January 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on TSA’s explosives detection canine program. This testimony by Jennifer Grover, Director Homeland Security and Justice, before the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs addresses the steps TSA has taken since 2013 to enhance its canine program and further opportunities to assess the program. This statement is based on GAO’s January 2013 report, a June 2014 testimony, and selected updates conducted in February 2016 on canine training and operations. The products cited in this statement provide detailed information on GAO’s scope and methodology. For the selected updates, GAO reviewed the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for TSA and interviewed TSA officials on changes made to the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP) since June 2014, the last time GAO reported on the program.


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  • Accession Number: 01593751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-16-444T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2016 2:06PM