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DHS/TSA RIN: 1652-AA70 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Amending Vetting Requirements for Employees With Access to a Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) 

As required by the FESSA, TSA will propose a rule to revise its regulations, reflecting current knowledge of insider threat and intelligence, to enhance the eligibility requirements and disqualifying criminal offenses for individuals seeking or having unescorted access to any SIDA of an airport. Consistent with the statutory mandate, TSA will consider adding to the list of disqualifying criminal offenses and criteria, develop a waiver process for approving the issuance of credentials for unescorted access, and propose an extension of the look back period for disqualifying crimes. As part of TSA’s reevaluation of the eligibility and redress standards for aviation workers required by the Act, TSA is also reevaluating the current vetting process to minimize any security risks that may exist.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1542.209    49 CFR 1544.229   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-190, sec. 3405   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Rule for individuals with unescorted access to any Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) due 180 days after date of enactment.  01/11/2017 

Overall Description of Deadline: Section 3405 of title III of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (FESSA) Extension, Pub. L. 114-190 (130 Stat. 615, July 15, 2016), requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to revise the regulations issued under 49 U.S.C. 44936 within 180 days after the date of enactment.

Statement of Need:

Employee vetting is an important and effective tool for averting or mitigating potential attacks by those with malicious intent who wish to target aviation and plan or perpetrate actions that may cause significant injuries, loss of life, or economic disruption. Enhancing eligibility standards for airport workers will improve transportation and national security.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

TSA is in the process of determining the costs and benefits of this rulemaking.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1652-AA11 
Agency Contact:
Natalie Gonzalez
Vetting Program Branch
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6010
Phone:571 227-1871

Alex Moscoso
Chief Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Coordination & Analysis Division
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Policy, Plans, and Engagement, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6028
Phone:571 227-5839

Christine Beyer
Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
TSA-2, Chief Counsel, Chief Counsel's Office, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone:571 227-3653