CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 3102, the Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 3102 was introduced on July 16, 2015 by Rep. John Katko (R-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on September 30, 2015.
H.R. 3102 is designed to reform and streamline Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening procedures for airport and airline employees to ensure that only individuals authorized to have access to secure areas of airports are granted such access. Specifically, the bill requires TSA to:
TSA’s mission is to protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA seeks to provide the most effective transportation security in the most efficient way as a high performing counterterrorism organization.
The Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), which provides advice to the TSA administrator on aviation security matters, including the development, refinement, and implementation of policies, programs, rulemaking, and security directives pertaining to aviation security, issued a report in May evaluating options for improving airport employee access control. H.R. 3102 is designed to codify those recommendations.
According to the bill sponsor, “as threats to our aviation sector continue to evolve, commonsense reforms—such as clearly differentiating between individuals authorized to have access to secure areas, and those who do not, or requiring criminal background checks that cover an extended history—will go a long way in ensuring safety at our airports.”
 See Press Release—“In response to recent security breaches at airports nationwide, Katko introduces legislation to bolster employee access control measures,” July 20, 2015.
For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.