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Transportation Security excerpt from the January 18, 2001 Top DOT Management Challenges report

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OIG identified security –– especially aviation security –– as one of the Top 10 management challenges facing the Department of Transportation. In that report, we identified the following key issues: 1) maximizing the effectiveness and usage of explosives detection equipment; 2) completing pending rulemakings on certification of screening companies, airport access requirements, 3) accounting for active airport identification media (airport ID) used to access secure airport areas; 4) implementing the Airport Security Improvement Act of 2000, which will strengthen background investigation requirements for airport personnel; and 5) finalizing the draft DOT surface transportation security research strategy, based on recommendations from the National Research Council. We found that DOT needed to: 1) maximize effectiveness and usage of explosives detection equipment; 2) improve employee compliance with access control requirements; 3) improve screener performance; 4) strengthen employee background investigation requirements; and 5) properly account for airport identification cards.