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GAO: TSA Needs to Complete Risk Assessments of Nation's Commercial Trucking and Bus Industries

- The Transportation Security Administration has failed to develop and complete comprehensive risk assessments on the trucking and bus industries' vulnerability to terrorism as mandated by the 9/11 Commission Act, the Government Accountability Office reports.

Flying High But Never Coasting

- Why it's okay to glide but not to coast.

Is Hazmat Safety on Track?

- Two new rules impose requirements for tracking and securing hazardous materials during rail transport. Will they really reduce risks?

Transportation Security

- An academic-style textbook that provides a sound overview of transportation security  fundamentals, whether for aspiring security professionals or anyone affected by transportation security concerns.

Metro Police Chief Outlines Security for Inauguration Day

- Approximately 650 police officers, including explosive detection dogs, will fan out across the capital's transit system to protect passengers during Inauguration Day.

Transportation Plan Unveiled for Inauguration Weekend Activities

- The U.S. Secret Service has unveiled its transportation plan for the long inauguration weekend starting Saturady, January 17, through Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

Is Obama's Train Ride into the District the Safest Mode of Transporation?

- The environmental organizations Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have sent the Secret Service a letter asking the agency to switch President-elect Barack Obama's arrival into Washington, D.C., by train on the weekend before Inauguration Day to a safer mode of transportation.

New Guidebook on Trucking Security Released

- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) have released new guidelines for securing cargo from pick up to delivery.

Rail Safety

- A law (P.L. 110-432) designed to improve railroad safety will reduce stress on workers by decreasing overall work hours and increasing the amount of time off between shifts. The measure also provides whistleblower protections for those employees who cooperate with a safety investigation, furnish rail accident information, or refuse to authorize the use of safety equipment, tracks, or structures that are in a hazardous condition. Employees will be entitled to damages if subjected to mistreatment because of their whistleblower activity. Those guilty of safety violations under the bill would face criminal penalties.

Nuclear Vulnerabilities

- Despite billions spent, the U.S. government still has no comprehensive plan to detect the movement of radiological and nuclear materials along smuggling routes, the Government Accountability Office finds.

Judge Says No to Guns in Nonsecure Areas of Atlanta Airport

- A federal judge ruled yesterday that people with gun licenses cannot carry their weapons in nonsecure areas of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Lost TSA Contractor Laptop Found in Same Office Where it Went Missing

- The laptop lost at San Francisco International Airport contained the names and personal information of 33,000 travelers who signed up for TSA's Clear program.

TSA on Track with Canine Explosive Detection Teams

- If TSA continues to meet its goals, the GAO says 720 canine explosive detection teams should be patrolling airports and mass transit systems in 2009.
 




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