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Transportation Security

TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, working closely with transportation sector stakeholders, as well as the partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community.

  • DHS-TSA-PIA-026 Alien Flight Student Program

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) conducts Security Threat Assessments (STA) on individuals who are not U.S. citizens or nationals and other individuals designated by TSA seeking flight instruction or recurrent training from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified flight training providers. TSA previously conducted a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and PIA Updates for the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP). TSA conducted this PIA because several updates to AFSP have been made, including: 1) TSA performs recurrent vetting of covered individuals; 2) The Defense Attaché collects biographic information and creates a record in AFSP about foreign military pilots endorsed by the Department of Defense (DoD) for flight training in the United States; and 3) TSA has submitted an updated National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) schedule to change records retention to 80 years in order to permit TSA to comply with a requirement that it re-use fingerprints for recurrent flight training during the life of the covered individual.  This PIA should be read as a stand-alone document.  Upon publication of this PIA, the previous PIA and PIA Updates for AFSP will be retired.

  • DHS-TSA-PIA-044 Vetting of Security Personnel Receiving International TSA Training Assistance

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s Office of Global Strategies conducts security training for foreign partners (foreign governments, air carriers, and private companies responsible for transportation security) in order to mitigate threats originating overseas, and to reduce the risk of insider threats among those receiving training from TSA. TSA conducts a Security Threat Assessment (STA) for individuals who reside outside the United States who have been nominated by the foreign partner for TSA-funded, sponsored, or administered security-related training.  These foreign partners are responsible for security measures at foreign transportation facilities and employ individuals to carry-out those security measures. TSA conducted this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because it will collect, maintain, and disseminate information in identifiable form on the individuals nominated for training.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-042 TSA OIA Technology Infrastructure Modernization Program

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) Technology Infrastructure Modernization (TIM) Program is an enterprise architecture designed to align TSA security threat assessment (STA) with credentialing activities for individuals.   These individuals require access to transportation facilities, infrastructure, assets, Sensitive Security Information (SSI), or related security credentials or clearances.  TIM integrates several vetting programs and systems and facilitates STA adjudication, credentialing, and redress processes.  TIM accesses the same Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that is already collected for the underlying STA programs.  TIM performs credentialing activities utilizing the PII that the underlying programs collect for the STAs.  In light of this new information technology framework involving existing PII, TSA is conducted this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) pursuant to the privacy provisions of the E-Government Act of 2002.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-043 Travel Protocol Office Program

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) established the Travel Protocol Office (TPO) to support and facilitate the movement of eligible travelers whose presence at a security screening checkpoint may distract other travelers and/or reduce the efficiency of the screening process. TSA plans to collect limited Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on these individuals in order to facilitate airport transit and to conduct security screening operations.  The TPO Program applies to commercial airports within the continental United States and its territories.  Because this program entails collecting information about members of the public in identifiable form, the E-Government Act of 2002 requires that TSA conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-034 – TSA Enterprise Performance Management Platform (EPMP)

    The Enterprise Performance Management Platform (EPMP) is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) system is designed to assist in performing security management functions using a wide variety of data associated with security, equipment, and screening processes from TSA’s security activities. EPMP maintains Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on members of the public in excess of basic contact information, which triggered the requirement to conduct the original EPMP Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) dated May 10, 2011. TSA updated this PIA to reflect 1) the inclusion of the Visible Information Management System (VIMS), a data management module within the EPMP framework that supports the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Program; 2) the transfer of payroll transactions for Transportation Security Officers (TSO) from the Performance Management Information System (PMIS) to the Airport Information Management (AIM) System; and 3) the storing of PII on individuals identified in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) as posing a threat to transportation or national security in the AIM System.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA – 041 TSA Pre✓™ Application Program

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) conducts security threat assessments on individuals who apply to TSA for enrollment into the TSA Pre✓™ Application Program.  Program participants are eligible to receive expedited screening at participating airport security checkpoints. TSA conducted this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because personally identifiable information (PII) will be collected for the conduct of the security threat assessment.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA – 018(f) Secure Flight

    The Secure Flight program screens aviation passengers and certain non-travelers before they access airport sterile areas or board aircraft. TSA updated this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to reflect operational changes: (1) the addition of Known Traveler populations to TSA Pre✓™; (2) the use of Secure Flight to screen passengers on certain government operated flights; and (3) the use of intelligence-driven flight by flight risk assessments to identify passengers and non-traveling individuals who require either enhanced screening or are eligible for expedited screening. These changes are anticipated to result in the identification of more passengers who are eligible for expedited screening in airports with TSA Pre✓™ lanes. Unless otherwise noted, the information provided in previously published PIAs remains in effect. Individuals are encouraged to read all program PIAs to have an understanding of TSA’s privacy assessment of the Secure Flight program.

  • DHS/TSA/PIA-014(a) – Crew Member Self Defense Training Program

    The Transportation Security Administration's Crew Member Self-Defense Training (CMSDT) Program is a voluntary self-defense training course for U.S. commercial and cargo air carrier crew members. The program trains crew members on how to defend the flight deck against acts of criminal violence or air piracy. TSA previously published a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on this program on February 6, 2008. TSA has collected CMSDT Program information principally through completion of an electronic registration form hosted on the TSA.gov website. At times, information was collected through paper forms. TSA has updated the PIA to reflect that it will:  (1) collect information from crew members solely through electronic means; and (2) conduct personnel security suitability checks on American Association of Community College Site Coordinators so that they may be granted access to an existing secure TSA web-based system in order to process registrations on behalf of crew members.

  • National Strategy for Aviation Security

    National Strategy for Aviation Security