Secure Flight Program LaudedGAO: TSA Program Complies with Law
According to the GAO audit, TSA - part of the Department of Homeland Security - achieved nine of 10 statutory conditions related to the development of the Secure Flight program. GAO deemed the 10th provision - appropriateness of life-cycle cost estimates and program plans - as conditionally achieved, saying TSA had defined plans but had yet to execute all activities associated with them.
The statutory conditions achieved included:
- Due process,
- Performance of stress testing and efficacy and accuracy of search tools,
- Establishment of an internal oversight board,
- Operational safeguards to reduce abuse opportunities,
- Substantial security measures to prevent unauthorized access by hackers,
- Effective oversight of system use and operation,
- No specific privacy concerns with the system's technological architecture and
- Accommodation of states with unique transportation needs.
GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, recommends that TSA should developed plans to periodically assess the performance of the Secure Flight system's name-matching capabilities, which would help ensure that the system is working as intended.
DHS concurs with GAO's recommendation.