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A view from Washington

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 15, 2017
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Dear readers, dear partners,

 

Let me share with you a few points from the recent work on air cargo of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Aviation Security Advisory Committee.

 

There is no decision yet on the appointment of the next TSA administrator. Hence there are fewer developments than in the previous years. However, members of the committee were asked for their input regarding the Presidential Executive Order (13771) mandating that for each new regulation introduced, two must be removed unless there is a direct security impact.

 

Proposed regulations slated for removal must undergo a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. There was concern expressed regarding the "two for one" Executive Order and its impact on the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) regulation but it was unclear how the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the primary sponsor of ACAS, was going to navigate the issue.

 

The most encouraging news is that the third-party, private canine screening program is making progress within TSA and on Capitol Hill. In fact, $3.4 million has been included in the 2017 TSA fiscal year budget for the purpose. There was a discussion on how it may be operationalized and acknowledgment that several issues needed to be resolved but the process is well underway as TSA is engaged and committed to the program. The areas need TSA authorization bill being marked up on Capitol Hill which, if passed, could specify exactly how TSA is to use the funds related to the canine program.

 

 

Brandon Fried
Executive Director
The Airforwarders Association

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