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DHS/TSA RIN: 1652-AA64 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Air Cargo Screening 
Abstract: On September 16, 2009, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that established the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) that certifies shippers, manufacturers, and other entities to screen air cargo intended for transport on a passenger aircraft. This is the primary means through which TSA will meet the requirements of section 1602 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 that mandates that 100 percent of air cargo transported on passenger aircraft, operated by an air carrier or foreign air carrier in air transportation or intrastate air transportation, be screened by August 2010, to ensure the security of all such passenger aircraft carrying cargo. Under this rulemaking, each certified cargo screening facility (CCSF) and its employees and authorized representatives that will be screening cargo must successfully complete a security threat assessment. The CCSF must also submit to an assessment of their security measures by TSA-approved validators, screen cargo using TSA-approved methods, and initiate strict chain of custody measures to ensure the security of the cargo throughout the supply chain prior to tendering it for transport on passenger aircraft. TSA will issue a final rule responding to public comments from the IFR. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1520    49 CFR 1522    49 CFR 1540    49 CFR 1544    49 CFR 1548 and 1549   
Legal Authority: PL 110-53, sec 1602    49 USC 114    49 USC 40113    49 USC 44901 to 44905    49 USC 44913 to 44914    49 USC 44916    49 USC 44935 to 44936    49 USC 46105   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  1 year after effective date of the interim final rule.  11/03/2010 
Other  Statutory  Screen 100 percent of cargo on passenger aircraft.  08/03/2010 
Other  Statutory  Screen 50 percent of cargo on passenger aircraft.  02/03/2009 

Overall Description of Deadline: Section 1602 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-53, 121 Stat. 266, 478, Aug. 3, 2007) requires that the Secretary of Homeland Security establish a system to screen 50 percent of cargo on passenger aircraft NLT 18 months after the date of enactment and 100 percent of such cargo NLT 3 years after the date of enactment. The 9/11 Act also requires that TSA issue a final rule NLT 1 year after the effective date of the interim final rule (Nov. 2010).

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule; Request for Comments   09/16/2009  74 FR 47672   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  11/16/2009    
Interim Final Rule Effective  11/16/2009    
Final Rule  08/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Victor Parker
Branch Chief, Air Cargo Policy & Plans
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Office of Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA-28, HQ, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6028
Phone:571 227-3664
Email: victor.parker@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

Alice Crowe
Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards Division
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Office of the Chief Counsel, TSA-2, HQ, E12-320N, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone:571 227-2652
Fax:571 227-1379
Email: alice.crowe@tsa.dhs.gov