CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 1204, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.
H.R. 1204 directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration [TSA]) to establish an advisory committee within the TSA to be known as the “Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).” ASAC would be responsible for assisting and making recommendations to the TSA on matters related to aviation security, including the development, refinement, and implementation of policies, programs, rule-making, and security directives.
The ASAC includes not more than 32 individuals, representing air carriers, labor organizations representing air carrier employees, aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, general aviation, privacy organizations, the travel industry, airport based businesses, including minority owned small businesses, businesses that conduct security operations at airports, aeronautical re-pair stations, passenger advocacy groups, the aviation technology security industry, including biometrics, victims of terrorist acts against aviation, and law enforcement and security experts. ASAC would be required to meet at least semi-annually.
An advisory committee already exists that carries out the functions of ASAC under this legislation. H.R. 1204 would essentially codify the existing Aviation Security Advisory Committee into law. In doing so, it would ensure that stakeholders continue to have a voice in TSA policy decisions, without the TSA allowing the Committee’s charter to expire. This has happened in the past, and has prevented the private sector from having a formal body to engage the agency and make recommendations.
Similar legislation passed in the 112th Congress by voice vote.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant additional cost.
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