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DHS/TSA RIN: 1652-AA08 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Protection of Sensitive Security Information (SSI) 
Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will issue a rulemaking document responding to comments received on the May 18, 2004, interim final rule (IFR). In the IFR, published jointly with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) in May 2004, TSA revised its sensitive security information (SSI) regulations to expand the 2002 regulatory framework governing information generally related to aviation security to cover information related to security in maritime transportation, consistent with the security framework required by the U.S. Coast GuardÂ’s regulations implementing the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). This expansion was the main theme of the IFR. However, the IFR also continued TSA's 2002 regulations coverage for vulnerability assessments and, with some changes, certain other SSI for all modes. TSA and OST issued a technical amendment to the IFR in January 2005 to address provisions of the regulations that inadvertently restricted sharing of SSI. Specifically, the amendment removed the limiting words "aviation or maritime" from 49 CFR 15.11 and 49 CFR 1520.11 in order to clearly permit the sharing of vulnerability assessments and other documents properly designated as SSI with covered persons who meet the need to know requirements regardless of mode of transportation. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 15    49 CFR 1520   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 114    49 USC 5103    49 USC 40119    49 USC 44901 to 44907    49 USC 44913 and 44914    49 USC 44916 to 44918    49 USC 44935 and 44936    49 USC 44942    49 USC 46105   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule; Request for Comments  05/18/2004  69 FR 28066   
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/17/2004    
Interim Final Rule; Comment Period End  07/19/2004    
Interim Final Rule; Technical Amendment  01/07/2005  70 FR 1379   
Notice--Information Collection; 60-Day Renewal  02/14/2007  72 FR 7059   
Notice--Information Collection; 30-Day Renewal  06/18/2007  72 FR 33511   
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined    
Additional Information: Joint rulemaking with Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary (RIN No. 2105-AD33) Transferred from RIN 2110-AA10
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1652-AA05, Related to 1652-AA49  Related Agencies: Joint: DOT/OST; 
Agency Contact:
Mark Roberts
Acting Manager, Sensitive Security Information (SSI) Office
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Office of Intelligence, TSA-10, HQ, E11-122S, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6011
Phone:571 227-5122
Email: ssi@dhs.gov

Thomas Philson
Deputy Director, Regulatory and Economic Analysis
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Office of Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA-28, HQ, E10-411N, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6028
Phone:571 227-3236
Fax:571 227-1362
Email: thomas.philson@dhs.gov

John Vergelli
Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Office of Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone:571 227-4416
Email: john.vergelli@tsa.dhs.gov