House Panel Discusses TSA's Plans For Enhancing Security

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Tuesday heard reflections from Kip Hawley, DHS Assistant Secretary for TSA, regarding the agency's first five years, as well as TSA's future plans to enhance security for all modes of transportation.

Chairwoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) credited TSA for progress over the past five years, but said more needs to be done to deploy new technologies throughout the U.S. transportation system. She noted the importance of funding and the need for oversight and stated, "in the business of security, there is always work to be done."

Hawley opened his testimony by noting the successful interception of a passenger at Orlando International Airport who was identified prior to arriving at the checkpoint as suspicious by a TSA behavior detection officer. The passenger was found to have the components to make a bomb in his checked luggage. Hawley said this was a direct example of the layered security approach in action. Hawley stated, "Facing a risk of unparalleled dimension, TSA has clarified its mission by incorporating a risk-based and layered strategy into security operations and programs." He noted the three key components to achieving TSA's mission as people, technology and process.

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