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July 29, 2015

TSA: Managed Inclusion to Be Phased Out

(WASHINGTON) – Today, during a full Committee hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that he has ordered the phasing out of the Managed Inclusion program. This controversial program allows members of the flying public to receive PreCheck expedited screening at airport security checkpoints based on random or case-by-case, on-site security risk assessments. The phasing out of Managed Inclusion is the central facet of H.R. 2127 – bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, in response to recent reports from both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General and the U.S. Comptroller General that exposed the security vulnerabilities of this program. H.R. 2127, the Securing Expedited Screening Act, directs TSA to make expedited screening available only to vetted participants in the PreCheck program and other known passengers. This legislation unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Monday, July 27.

Congressman Thompson released the following statement on the announcement:

I introduced the Securing Expedited Screening Act in April to force TSA to end Managed Inclusion. I am pleased that Administrator Neffenger listened to the serious concerns expressed about the program and, today, announced that it will be phased out. Instead of focusing on speed and unproven methods, we need to ensure that TSA is focused on thoroughly vetting passengers before providing them with expedited screening. I will be closely monitoring progress on these efforts to ensure that TSA acts swiftly to phase out this problematic program.

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