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DHS/TSA RIN: 1652-AA72 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Frequency of Renewal Cycle for Indirect Air Carrier Security Programs 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reducing the frequency of renewal applications for indirect air carriers (IACs). Currently, these entities must submit an application to renew their security program each year. Following a review of TSA’s regulatory requirements seeking to reduce the cost of compliance, TSA determined that the duration of the security program for these entities can be increased from 1 year to 3 years without having a negative impact on transportation security. This change will align the security program renewal requirement with the renewal cycle for Certified Cargo Screening Facilities under 49 CFR part 1549. This rulemaking is in response to a request from the industry subject to these requirements. 

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1548   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114    49 U.S.C. 5103    49 U.S.C. 40113    49 U.S.C. 44901 to 44905    49 U.S.C. 4491 to 44914    49 U.S.C. 44916 to 44917    49 U.S.C. 44932    49 U.S.C. 449354 to 44936    49 U.S.C. 46105   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Consistent with Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563, TSA identified portions of air cargo regulations that may be tailored to impose a lesser burden on society and that may improve government processes. Under 49 CFR part 1548 indirect air carriers are required to renew their security programs each year. TSA's robust inspection and compliance requirements make the annual renewal requirement unnecessary.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

This rule would reduce the frequency of IAC security program certifications from annually to once every three years.  This rule does not impose any incremental costs because regulated entities are already performing all actions required to obtain the certification in question.  The expected outcome will have a minimal cost impact with positive net benefit due to time saved with a lower frequency in the renewal cycle.

Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  09/16/2009  74 FR 47705   
Final Rule Effective  09/16/2009 
NPRM  12/27/2022  87 FR 79264   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/27/2023 
Final Rule  03/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1652-AA23 
Agency Contact:
Angel Rodriguez
Acting Section Chief
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
6595 Springfield Center Drive,
Springfield, VA 20598-6028
Phone:571 227-2108

James Ruger
Chief Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Coordination & Analysis Division
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Policy, Plans, and Engagement, 6595 Springfield Center Drive,
Springfield, VA 20598-6028
Phone:571 227-5519

David Ross
Attorney-Advisor, Regulations and Security Standards
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Chief Counsel's Office, 6595 Springfield Center Drive,
Springfield, VA 20598-6002
Phone:571 227-2465