H.R.876 – Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017

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H.R.876 – Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017

Brief

The bill aims “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purposes.”

To that end “Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee… shall submit to…Congress … a cost and feasibility study of a statistically significant number of … airports to ensure that all employee entry and exit points that lead to secure areas of such airports are comprised of the following:

(1) A secure door utilizing card and pin entry or biometric technology.

(2) Surveillance video recording, capable of storing video data for at least 30 days.

(3) Advanced screening technologies, including at least one of the following:

(A) Magnetometer (walk-through or hand-held).

(B) Explosives detection canines.

(C) Explosives trace detection swabbing.

(D) Advanced imaging technology.

(E) X-ray bag screening technology.”

The study required … shall include information related to the employee screening costs of those … airports which have already implemented practices of screening 100 percent of employees entering secure areas of airports, including the following:

(1) Costs associated with establishing an operational minimum number of employee entry and exit points.

(2) A comparison of costs associated with implementing the requirements specified in paragraph (1), based on whether such implementation was carried out by the Administration or airports.

To enhance airport security awareness.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall work with air carriers, foreign air carriers, airport operators, airport vendors, and airport concessionaires to enhance security awareness of credentialed airport populations regarding insider threats to aviation security and best practices related to airport access controls.

  • IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall, in consultation with air carriers, foreign air carriers, airport operators, vendors, and airport concessionaires, assess credentialing standards, policies, and practices to ensure that insider threats to aviation security are adequately addressed.

The Administrator shall work with airport operators to identify advanced technologies, including biometric identification technologies, for securing employee access to the secure and sterile areas of airports (as such terms are defined in section 1540.5 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations).

Rap Back vetting.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall ensure that all credentialed aviation worker populations are continuously vetted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Rap Back Service, in order to more rapidly detect and mitigate insider threats to aviation security.

(Full text of H.R. 876 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] (Introduced 02/06/2017)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 409 – 0 (Roll no. 223).

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:

SENATE

On Passage:

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Senate Amendments:

COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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