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S&T Behavior Detection Visual Search Task Analysis Project Visual Search Battery Report

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.

TSA on the Job: Aviation Transportation Security Inspector

As a TSA Transportation Security Inspector for aviation at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Horace Anderson conducts inspections, assessments and investigations of airlines and individuals to determine how well they comply with regulations as well as identifying areas of potential vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.

DHS/TSA/PIA-049 TSA Office of Inspection Case Management

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Inspection (OOI) conducts covert testing of security screening operations; inspects TSA operations at airports, field offices, and other transportation entities; and investigates employee misconduct and program fraud, and violations of transportation security requirements. OOI’s hotline referral and case management systems maintain Personally Identifiable Information (PII): (1) from individuals submitting information to OOI; and (2) on individuals designated as witnesses, victims, complainants, or subjects of an investigation.

DHS/TSA/PIA-048 Insider Threat Unit Database

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) protects the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. In support of this mission, the TSA Insider Threat Unit seeks to deter, detect, and mitigate insider threats from causing harm to the transportation domain. For purposes of the TSA Insider Threat Unit, “insiders” are, or present themselves to be, current or former transportation sector workers (including both TSA and private sector personnel) and individuals employed or otherwise engaged in providing services requiring authorized access to transportation facilities, assets, or infrastructure. Investigative files will be maintained in a database maintained by the Insider Threat Unit.

News Release: DHS S&T, TSA Announce New Innovation Solicitation

DHS S&T and TSA are seeking innovative solutions from startups to enhance security screening, through a new solicitation under S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) “Object Recognition and Adaptive Algorithms in Passenger Property Screening.”

News Release: DHS S&T Partners With James Madison University

Students from James Madison University (JMU) will be tackling air travel security issues for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) as part of their spring semester of the Hacking 4 Defense (H4D) class.

Notice from DHS to American Samoa on REAL ID Enforcement

Beginning February 5, 2018, residents of American Samoa will no longer be able to use territory-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards to fly domestically, or enter federal buildings and military installations.

98% of US States and Territories on Track for Compliance Ahead of REAL ID Deadline

Beginning February 5, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin enforcing compliance with the Real ID Act to better protect the American people. Fifty-five out of fifty-six states and territories are currently compliant or have received an extension until October 10, 2018. Passengers who have licenses issued by a state or territory that is compliant or has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual.

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