September 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Authorization (FAA) Reauthorization Act, a measure which included the language of seven bipartisan bills introduced and championed by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24).

“The seven measures included within the FAA reauthorization that passed the House this week will make travel easier and safer nationwide,” said Rep. John Katko. “As our nation continues to face threats to aviation, and I’ve made it a priority as Chairman of the Transportation & Protective Security Committee to keep our airports safe, secure, and efficient for travelers and for the men and women who work in this industry.  The measures that passed the House this week help accomplish those goals and I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to gain bipartisan support for each bill.”

A description of each measure can be found below.

1.      HR 876, The Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act (Access Controls): This legislation expands stakeholder access to the FBI’s Rap Back program, improves the vetting and credentialing of aviation workers, and requires a cost and feasibility assessment for full employee screening at airports nationwide.

2.      HR 6265, The PreCheck is PreCheck Act: This bill will ensure that only individuals who are enrolled as a trusted traveler are permitted to access TSA’s PreCheck lanes (with narrow exceptions for children and servicemembers), while also authorizing a risk-modified screening pilot to improve checkpoint efficiency. 

3.      HR 1309, The TSA Administrator Modernization Act (5-Year Term): This legislation will create consistency and continuity of leadership at TSA, which has been plagued by frequent turnover at the agency’s highest rank, by establishing a five-year term for the Administrator.

4.      HR 5730, The Transportation Security Technology Reform Act (TSIF Authorization): This legislation authorizes the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) to streamline the testing and evaluation of new security technologies while also providing unprecedented transparency to stakeholders in TSA’s acquisitions and procurement processes. 

5.      HR 3328, The Cuban Airport Security Act: This bill responds to disturbing security vulnerabilities uncovered through the Subcommittee’s oversight relating to the security of flights between Cuba and the United States.  The bill will provide Congress with new information on the screening of passengers in Cuba and the overall security of airports in Cuba, while also directing TSA to seek increased security standards at LPD airports worldwide.

6.      HR 2132, The Traveler Redress Improvement Act: This bill ensures that travelers who have been erroneously flagged by one of TSA’s intelligence algorithms as “high risk” are provided appropriate redress to prevent inaccurate screening or vetting.

7.      HR 5081- The Surface Transportation Security and Technology Accountability Act:  This bill creates a Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee, much like the ASAC, to provide stakeholder input and perspective to TSA in order to improve surface transportation security and address evolving threats.  The bill also ensures that TSA’s statutorily required five year investment place to Congress includes references to surface and air cargo.