Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year, TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation's airports and deployed a federal workforce to meet congressional deadlines for screening all commercial airline passengers and baggage. In March 2003, TSA transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway and pipeline sectors, as well as the partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community. Today, about 48,000 transportation security officers serve on TSA's front line in 457 U.S. airports. They use their training and experience to screen about 2 million people a day.
Section 4012(a) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) required DHS to assume from airlines the comparison of passenger information to the selectee and no-fly lists and to use all appropriate records in the consolidated and integrated watch list that the federal government maintains. The 9/11 Commission Report recommended that the watch list matching function "should be performed by TSA and it should utilize the larger set of watch lists maintained by the federal government." That process today is centered on TSA watch and fusion centers at Fort Meade, Md., and Colorado Springs.
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