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GAO: TSA Moves to Address Security Tech Acquisition Issues

acquisition policyThe Transportation Security Administration has adopted procedures and policies to comply with a new federal law that calls for technology acquisition process reform at the agency, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

GAO said Wednesday the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act is meant to help TSA increase accountability and transparency when it procures tools to guard U.S. transportation infrastructure against threats.

A TSA policy requires that agency officials report contracts worth more than $30 million to Congress within 30 days of awarding them, GAO noted.

The agency also ordered its personnel to develop a technology procurement baseline, risk management plan and staffing requirements as well as established instructions for tracking inventory, the report states.

GAO added TSA provided Congress a framework to address transportation security-related technology needs and an action plan to increase TSA’s partnership with small businesses.

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