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TSA must improve reporting on equipment acquisitions, says GAO

25 January 2019

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) took four years to abide by a law requiring the agency to justify equipment procurement, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Legislation passed in 2014 requires the TSA to justify security technology acquisitions costing more than USD30 million at least 30 days before awarding a contract – but the agency only submitted its first report in August 2018.

TSA officials explained that the USD30 million threshold refers to the contract ceiling of the initial equipment contract, and not to individual task and delivery orders.

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