HOUSE PASSES TWO BIPARTISAN KATKO MEASURES AIMED AT SECURING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The U.S. House of Representatives this evening passed two bipartisan measures introduced by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24). H.R. 5081, the Surface Transportation and Technology Accountability Act, and H.R. 5730, the Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act, both passed the House with unanimous bipartisan support.
The bills are the 13th and 14th bipartisan measures Katko has moved through the House this Congress. During the time Rep. Katko has served Central New York in Washington, he has consistently been ranked one of the most productive members from either side of the aisle.
"As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Transportation & Protective Security Subcommittee, I’ve worked to enhance accountability and transparency within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) so that this agency is able to adapt and address evolving threats,” said Rep. John Katko. “The bipartisan measures passed by the House today work towards these goals and will help ensure our country’s transportation systems are safer and modernized to function in the present threat landscape.”
- The Surface Transportation and Technology Accountability Act will bring in outside expertise in an advisory role to create better strategies for TSA to improve long-term acquisition processes. This bill opens lines of communication between the public and stakeholders across the surface transportation sector, and creates a Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee to better protect surface modes of transportation. The Committee will be comprised of surface transportation stakeholders to help ensure TSA takes a holistic approach when dealing with a broad array of threats.
- The Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act addresses growing criticism of the lack of cogent and transparent acquisition processes within the TSA by codifying the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) to test and evaluate advanced transportation security screening technologies. Currently, bureaucratic hindrances and limited capacity create a large backlog of untested technologies. This measure encourages careful collaboration between industry and the TSA and will improve testing and evaluation of the newest screening technologies.