H.R. 1554 (112th): Catching Operational Vulnerabilities by Ensuring Random Testing Act of 2011

Apr 14, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Nita Lowey
Representative for New York's 18th congressional district
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Apr 14, 2011
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This bill was introduced on April 14, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Apr 14, 2011
Referred to Committee Apr 14, 2011
Full Title

To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit advance notice to certain individuals, including security screeners, of covert testing of security screening procedures for the purpose of enhancing transportation security at airports, and for other purposes.


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2 cosponsors (2D) (show)

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Catching Operational Vulnerabilities by Ensuring Random Testing Act of 2011 or COVERT Act of 2011 - Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to make sure that advance notice of a covert test of a transportation security system is not provided to any individual (including any security screener) before completion of the test, except:
(1) that such information may be provided to certain federal, state, and local government employees, officers, and contractors (including military personnel); and
(2) an individual conducting such a test may disclose his or her status if a security screener or other non-covered employee identifies such tester as a potential threat.
Requires the head of each covert testing office to make sure that a covert testing person or group is accompanied by a cover team to monitor the test and confirm the identity of personnel involved.
States, however, that a cover team is not required to be present during a test of the screening of persons or baggage at an aviation security checkpoint if the test:
(1) is approved by the Federal Security Director for the airport, and
(2) is administered under a DHS aviation screening assessment program.
Directs the Secretary to study the impact of implementing covert testing procedures under this Act on DHS efforts to improve transportation security.

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