Secure Flight On-Budget and On-Time
TSA to fully assume vetting of air passengers this year
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) generally has fulfilled congressional requirements for bringing the Secure Flight program in for a landing on budget and on schedule, congressional investigators reported Tuesday.
Secure Flight, the agency’s effort to bring air passenger manifest vetting under federal oversight, will cost $1.36 billion through fiscal 2020, TSA estimated. In addition, TSA will assume responsibility for matching air passenger lists to terrorist watchlists from the airlines for US domestic flights in May 2010. The agency will complete the transition for international flights going to and leaving from the United States by December 2010.
“If effectively maintained and updated, TSA’s cost and schedule estimates should help ensure oversight and accountability of the Secure Flight program and provide assurance that it will be delivered within estimated costs and time frames,” Stephen Lord, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), wrote to Congress.
TSA took steps to improve support for its lifecycle cost estimate for Secure Flight since a GAO report in May 2009 questioned the lack of details for the estimate, Lord noted in his letter, GAO Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Certification of the Secure Flight Program-Cost and Schedule Estimates.
TSA responded to GAO’s recommendation to provide more information on the costs of Secure Flight by providing more detail on the work required to meet the program’s objectives, aligning the cost estimate with the program’s schedule of work, and conducting independent and internal assessments of the costs.
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