Dear Members:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed a new rule. 

While still in review, the preliminary assessment finds TSA considering whether to apply security checks on employees of all over-the-road bus companies (including charter) to include:

  • Security-sensitive employees of certain public transportation operators and railroads to undergo a Level 2 security threat assessment (STA) that includes an immigration check and terrorism watchlist check; 
  • Security coordinators to undergo Level 3 Security Threat Assessment (STA) includes an immigration check which includes the Level 2 check plus a criminal history records check. 

TSA is following recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Act) that require security vetting of certain public transportation, railroad, and over-the-road-bus (OTRB) employees and to establish user fees to recover TSA's costs for vetting. 

The agency is considering comments before or on August 21, 2023.

Patricia Cowley
Executive Director
(717) 236-9042
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