Transportation Security Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on TSA’s Surface
June 4, 2012
The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, chaired
by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), held a hearing entitled “TSA’s Surface
Inspection Program: Strengthening Security or Squandering Scant
Resources?” tomorrow at 2 p.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.
In 2005, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) created the
Surface Transportation Security Inspection Program (STSIP) to provide
oversight and assistance to the surface transportation industry.
Originally created to enforce security regulations for mass transit and
freight rail, the role of surface transportation security inspectors has
increased and the size of the program’s workforce has more than doubled
Subcommittee examined the efficiency and efficacy of this program in
helping to secure our Nation’s mass transit systems, freight rail,
highways, and pipelines, compared to other surface transportation
security initiatives, such as the Transit Security Grant Program.
Members will have the opportunity to discuss the program with industry
Rogers said: "The budget for TSA's surface inspection program has
quadrupled in the last several years. Meanwhile, some stakeholders have
expressed concern about the value of the program and questioned whether
it provides a tangible security benefit. Given the reality that
terrorists see surface transportation as a very attractive target, we
owe it to taxpayers to take a close look at TSA's inspectors program and
determine whether this is a good use of limited resources, or if this
funding would be better spent on other surface initiatives designed to
prevent an attack. We can’t screen everyone and everything that gets on
a train, truck, or bus. So, intelligence sharing, deterrence, and
detection measures are extremely important. This hearing will be an
opportunity to hear from stakeholders about how TSA can do a better job
of allocating its surface resources."