S. 1954 (112th): Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Dec 07, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1954

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 7, 2011

(for herself and Mr. Rockefeller) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for expedited security screenings for members of the Armed Forces.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act.

2.

Security screening for members of the Armed Forces

(a)

In general

Section 44903 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(m)

Security screening for members of the Armed Forces

(1)

In general

The Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration), in consultation with the Department of Defense, shall develop and implement a plan to provide expedited security screening services for a member of the armed forces, and, to the extent possible, any accompanying family member, if the member of the armed forces, while in uniform, presents documentation indicating official orders for air transportation departing from a primary airport (as defined in section 47102).

(2)

Protocols

In developing the plan, the Assistant Secretary shall consider—

(A)

leveraging existing security screening models used by airports and air carriers to reduce passenger wait times before entering a security screening checkpoint;

(B)

establishing standard guidelines for the screening of military uniform items, including combat boots; and

(C)

incorporating any new screening protocols into an existing trusted passenger program, as established pursuant to section 109(a)(3) of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (49 U.S.C. 114 note), or into the development of any new credential or system that incorporates biometric technology and other applicable technologies to verify the identity of individuals traveling in air transportation.

(3)

Report to Congress

The Assistant Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the implementation of the plan.

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(b)

Effective date

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Assistant Secretary shall implement the plan required by this Act.