The House or Representatives Thursday approved H.R. 2217, its version of the fiscal year 2014 spending bill for the DHS and its component agencies, including TSA and CBP. The measure and the report accompanying the measure (H. Rept. 113-91), provide specific funding recommendations and congressional direction on a number of important areas, including TSA's proposal to shift exit lane staffing to airports; PreCheck expansion; TSA and CBP staffing levels; and EDS upgrades in airports, among others.
On exit lane staffing, the House report includes very positive language and direction to the agency that calls on TSA to "work in conjunction with airport operators to assess the impact of this change and to consider delaying or at least phasing in the shift of responsibility to airport operators until affordable, effective technological solutions are certified by TSA, which may then be utilized by the airport operators to successfully staff exit lanes."
AAAE federal affairs members may view the full hearing report online at http://www.aaae.org/federal_affairs/airport_legislative_alliance/airport_alerts/.