DHS OIG Issues Report on TSA SPP

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DHS OIG Issues Report on TSA SPP

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on TSA’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP).

DHS OIG conducted the report at the request of Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). “The Senators had concerns about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) management of the Screening Partnership Program, as well as the procurement process at Kansas City International Airport.”

According to the report:

Until 2011, TSA had no criteria when considering whether to approve airports’ applications to participate in SPP. TSA administered the program in accordance with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, but could improve aspects of its administration. We reviewed TSA’s files associated with its five most recent decisions to approve SPP applications and identified documents that had not been finalized, as well as documents that contained inaccurate information. In addition, TSA did not document the rationale used to decide on four of the five contracts awarded during 2011 and 2012.

TSA had these issues because it did not develop and implement procedures to ensure adequate documentation of application evaluations and procurement decisions. The component also did not have quality assurance procedures to ensure that the most relevant and accurate information was used to determine eligibility and approve participation in SPP. As a result, TSA risks making incorrect decisions on applications and procurements, and thus may miss opportunities to save funds.

As a result, the OIG issued the following two recommendations to the Deputy Administrator:

Recommendation #1:

Expedite developing and implementing procedures to ensure that decisions on Screening Partnership Program applications and procurements are fully documented according to applicable Department and Federal guidance.

Recommendation #2:

Establish and implement quality assurance procedures to ensure that the most relevant and accurate information is used when determining eligibility and approving airports’ participation in the Screening Partnership Program.

TSA concurred with both recommendations.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Christopher R. Bidwell, Vice President, Security and Facilitation, at (202) 861-8081 or <a href="mailto:LBEAIRSTO, Director, Public Safety and Security, at (202) 861-8082.

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