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TSA improves in covert tests but there is room for improvement, says GAO

11 April 2019

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on 4 April released the findings of its review into covert testing of screening operations at US airports.

As part of its internal security assessments, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regularly tries to slip weapons and simulated explosives through checkpoints or in checked baggage.

After observing 26 of these covert tests, the GAO concluded that the TSA has improved its performance since deficiencies were identified in 2015 and 2017. However, the GAO found that TSA security operations officials did not use a risk-informed approach but instead relied largely on their professional judgment in making decisions about what scenarios to consider for covert testing.

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