TSA Issues Employment Verification AP Rescission and Proposed ASP Amendment on Patrols

ACI-NA Security Notice

TSA Issues Employment Verification AP Rescission and Proposed ASP Amendment on Patrols

As a direct result of the efforts of the In-Depth Security Review (IDSR), which is a collaborative effort between the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and AAAE, TSA has posted two items to the Airport Security Program Amendment section of the secure web board for airport operators (ACO-200): 1) Notice of rescission of #AP 00-01, Employment Verification, originally issued on May 31, 2000 by the Federal Aviation Administration, and, 2) a draft ASP amendment on patrol requirements. The rescission of #AP 00-01 is effective immediately and there is a 45-day comment period for the draft ASP amendment on patrols, with comments due on December 2, 2010.

As we have previously reported, the IDSR is a collaborative effort between TSA, ACI-NA and AAAE to review existing Security Directives (SD) and AP requirements and provide recommendations on measures that can be rescinded, deleted or consolidated into Airport Security Program (ASP) amendments. The group is led by security committee leadership from both associations, including Brigitte Goersch, A.A.E., Interim Deputy Executive Director at Orlando International Airport and Chair of the ACI-NA Public Safety and Security Committee and Mark Crosby, A.A.E., Chief of Public Safety and Security at Portland International Airport and Chair of AAAE’s Transportation Security Services Committee. TSA leadership representatives from the Office of Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM), Office of Security Operations (OSO), and Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) have participated in each of the IDSR working sessions, including: Doug Hofsass, Deputy Assistant Administrator, TSNM; Paul Leyh, General Manager, Commercial Aviation, TSNM; Dawn Lucini, Branch Chief for Airport Policy, TSNM; Mardi Thompson, Deputy Chief Counsel for Regulations and Security Standards, OCC; and Dr. Richard Ham, Acting General Manager for Compliance, OSO.

At the beginning of the IDSR effort, in October of last year, the group agreed to certain ground rules to guide our review and discussion of existing security regulations. In particular, we agreed that no new requirements would be added as a result of IDSR. Rather, we are seeking to consolidate and incorporate existing security requirements currently found in Security Directives that are necessary and still provide security value into airports’ Airport Security Program (ASP). We are also seeking to delete or rescind any unnecessary or duplicative security requirements as well. We also agreed that we would review security requirements by issue or category and TSA would issue draft ASP amendments that address one particular requirement category, such as patrols, but which draws from several different Security Directives. As a result, issuance of draft ASP amendments can be spaced out, providing ample comment and review by the entire airport community, and Security Directives can be rescinded section by section.

Today’s posting of the #AP 00-01 rescission and the draft ASP amendment on patrols is the just the first in a series of recommended proposed ASP amendments and rescissions of existing requirements. Each subsequent draft ASP amendment will address different categories of requirements, such as escort procedures, access points, public advisories, SIDA door alarm responses and vehicle inspections, and provide relief from various sections of different Security Directives. As demonstrated in the patrol requirements draft ASP amendment posted today, if an airport operator amends its ASP to include the patrol requirements, as done today, they will no longer have to comply with various sections of SDs, such SD 1542-01-07M, SD 1542-04-09, and SD1542-06-01D.

ACI-NA and AAAE will be working with TSA to host a conference call to discuss the draft ASP amendment on patrols and the rescission of #AP-00-01. In the meantime, Federal Security Directors have been provided with a copy of the rescission letter for #AP-00-01 and a copy of the draft ASP amendment on patrols and should be sharing them with airport operators. Again, they can also be found on the TSA secure web board for airport operators (AC-200) under the Airport Security Program Amendments section.

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:lkellogg, Director, Public Safety and Security, at (202) 861-8082.

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