equipment — involves cost-sharing by the airport and
is dependent on both a cost
effectiveness analysis to show
a positive 10-year return on
investment for TSA, and availability of funds.
TSA is issuing two-phased Other Transaction
Agreements (OTAs) to airports to support the design
and associated facility modification efforts necessary
to support recapitalization
and/or optimization efforts.
Facility modification OTAs
will be executed following
the 30 percent design approval. (TSA’s policy is that the
level of detail in the 30
percent design phase is sufficient for the agency to obligate construction OTAs.) OSC
believes that this approach to
OTAs will ensure more efficient use of funding.
Recent history suggests
that the new norm for federal appropriations is a world
of continuing resolutions
and reduced funding levels.
Changes to the OTA process
will allow OSC to plan obligations more effectively in any
given fiscal year, and to adjust
the plan in response to specific project events such as an
airport’s ability to meet schedule requirements. As a result, obligations can be
targeted and timely, both to avoid the loss of expiring funds and to expend funding effectively.
Changes to OTA procedures also signal a close
collaboration between the OSC’s Electronic
Baggage Screening Program (EBSP) and the Office
of Acquisition, which, among its other significant
responsibilities, supports the EBSP by executing
the OTAs with airports. This collaboration can be
seen not only as an element of a natural maturation of the agency, but also as a proactive tactical
response where common goals are established and
processes are designed to remove internal impediments to achieving those goals.
will adapt to the new appropriations norm in its
strategic planning efforts in many areas, including
•;Updating existing technologies, tools and
•;Developing, testing and deploying next gen-
eration technologies; and
•;Identifying, developing, testing and deploy-
ing breakthrough technologies.
Certainly, risk-based screening is intended to and
will have a pervasive effect on the shape of things
to come. For example, one of the goals of TSA’s
Secure Flight program is to “identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening.”
While the current inference is that such enhanced
screening occurs at the checkpoint, it is conceiv-