Homeland Security Transportation Security Panel to Examine TSA’s Private Checkpoint Screening Program


Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, chaired by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), will hold a hearing entitled “Screening Partnership Program: Why is a Job-Creating, Public-Private Partnership Meeting Resistance at TSA?” TODAY at 2 p.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

This hearing will examine the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Screening Partnership Program (SPP), which allows airports to apply to have checkpoint screening conducted by private sector screeners in place of TSA screeners. The program was originally piloted at five airports from 2002 to 2004 and today approximately 16 airports participate in the program.  In January 2011, TSA Administrator John Pistole announced he would not expand the program to additional airports except under limited circumstances.

Rogers’ prepared opening statement for today’s hearing is available HERE

Last year, Full Committee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY), joined by Rogers and Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), introduced H.R. 1586, the “Security Enhancement and Jobs Act of 2011 to require TSA to act on SPP applications within 120 days of receiving them; and approve them if they would not compromise security or the effectiveness of screening.  The legislation also requires TSA to reconsider any applications that were pending at the time of TSA’s January 2011 announcement to halt expansion of the program.  Similar language was recently included in the House and Senate-passed conference report for the Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act.

What:        Subcommittee Hearing on “Screening Partnership Program: Why is a Job-                                           Creating, Public-Private Partnership Meeting Resistance at TSA?”

When:        2 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Where:      311 Cannon House Office Building

                   **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

Panel I

Hon. John S. Pistole
Transportation Security Administration

Panel II

Mr. Mark VanLoh, A.A.E.
Aviation Department
Kansas City International Airport

Stephen D. Amitay, Esq.
Federal Legislative Counsel
National Association of Security Companies

Mr. John Gage
National President
American Federation of Government Employees