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TSA Issues NPRM on Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees

In news related to TSA’s comments on the agency’s role in public transportation safety, officials announced that the organization is accepting comments through March 16 on a proposed rule to require security training for employees of public transportation agencies, including public transit bus systems and passenger railroads.

In the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register in December, TSA would require owners and operators of these systems and companies to train their employees performing security-sensitive functions using a curriculum addressing preparedness and how to observe, assess and respond to terrorist-related threats and/or incidents.

The rulemaking would also expand TSA’s current requirements for rail security coordinators and reporting of significant security concerns (currently limited to freight railroads, passenger railroads and rail transit operations) to include the bus components of public transportation systems. TSA also added a definition for transportation security-sensitive materials.

Find the notice here.

To submit comments electronically, use the federal eRulemaking portal here.
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