Mission Critical Occupations (MCOs) are considered core to DHS and these occupations most directly affect mission success. Priority MCOs are identified as having the greatest impact on the Department’s goals and objectives.
Transportation Security Officer
Approximately 1.2 million people fly within the United States every day. To keep these passengers safe, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employs a multilayer security system to ensure that the traveling public and the nation’s transportation systems are protected. The Behavior Detection (BD) program serves an essential function in this multilayered security approach. Unique from other security capabilities within the TSA security system, the BD program, which was previously reserved for Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) but is now comprised of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) as well, trains officers to identify anomalous behaviors by observing passengers and comparing what they see to an established behavioral baseline. The goal of the program is to identify high-risk travelers and subject them to additional screening. This report describes the results of an empirical study that addressed these research goals and furthered DHS S&T’s understanding of the visual search process required for successful BD performance.
To help assess TSO screening performance at checkpoints, the TSA sponsored the development of the Task Process Factor (TPF) Tool and an associated guidebook. An S&T team independently verified and validated that tool.
Donald Anderson asked himself on September 11, 2001, “What do you do when it was your mission to prevent the very acts that took the lives of so many family and friends?" You step up and make certain that history doesn’t repeat itself.
Date Added: March 21, 2018
This past holiday weekend, as increased numbers of Americans traveled by domestic commercial air, the men and women of TSA worked hard to keep passengers moving through security checkpoints, and keep them safe. Particularly in the current global threat environment, we are not compromising or short-cutting aviation security, while meeting increased travel volume.
Today I thank Congress for approving our $28 million reprogramming request for TSA, which will allow us to more effectively and efficiently screen the increased number of travelers at U.S. airports. I would especially like to thank Chairman John Hoeven, Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen, Chairman John Carter, and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard for their efforts to ensure the approval of this request.
This is the first in a new series of #TSAontheJob guest blogs where you’ll hear from different members of our workforce about the work they do and why it’s important.
The TSA Administrator and I both appreciate the recent support we have received from Congress to aggressively address increased air travel and reduce wait times at TSA screening points in U.S. airports. In the face of increased air travel volume, we will not compromise aviation security. We are quickly and aggressively surging resources to keep travelers moving through airports, and to keep them safe.
TSA Administrator Admiral Neffenger and I are acutely aware of the significant increase in travelers and longer wait times at airports, and their projected growth over the summer. With this in mind, and given the current threat environment, last month I directed TSA to take a number of steps.
S&T is developing the NexGen threat detection system for TSA passenger checkpoints.