TSA Looks Beyond Aviation Security


After the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) moved over to the Homeland Security Department this month, it said it will need to demonstrate that it can effectively coordinate security for all modes of transportation, not just aviation.

Since its inception a little more than a year ago, TSA has been almost entirely focused on air travel. Having met tight congressional deadlines to hire tens of thousands of passenger and baggage screeners, the agency must now turn its attention to other modes of transportation.

The TSA is working on a national security plan that will address all modes of transportation, according to TSA Administrator James Loy. Part of that plan will call for partnerships with the private sector. TSA must reach out to various industry groups to develop new security protocols, Loy said at a press conference, reported GovExec.com.

The plan will also address which agencies have the lead for certain areas of security. For instance, in the case of port security, the Coast Guard, which is also merging into Homeland Security, may be best positioned to be the primary agency in this area, with TSA and other agencies providing support.

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