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Screening Partnership Program, TSA can benefit from improved cost estimates : report to congressional requesters.

Author: United States. Government Accountability Office,
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : English
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their property at our nation's airports every day to ensure, among other things, that persons do not carry prohibited items into airport boarding areas or on flights. In 2004, TSA created the Screening Partnership Program (SPP), allowing TSA-regulated airports to apply to have screening of passengers and property  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: United States. Government Accountability Office,
OCLC Number: 929879627
Notes: "November 2015."
"GAO-16-19."
Description: 1 online resource (ii, 53 pages) : illustrations
Other Titles: TSA can benefit from improved cost estimates
Screening Partnership Program, Transportation Security Administration can benefit from improved cost estimates

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their property at our nation's airports every day to ensure, among other things, that persons do not carry prohibited items into airport boarding areas or on flights. In 2004, TSA created the Screening Partnership Program (SPP), allowing TSA-regulated airports to apply to have screening of passengers and property performed by private contractors. TSA develops cost estimates to determine what its costs would be to perform screening services at SPP airports. These estimates provide a basis of comparison for program and procurement decisions. GAO was asked to review the SPP. This report addresses: (1) the extent to which TSA developed and reported reliable cost estimates for providing screening services at SPP airports; and (2) how TSA uses cost estimates in selecting SPP contractors and the extent to which TSA monitors contract values relative to its cost estimates. GAO compared TSA's cost estimates to best practices for developing federal cost estimates, analyzed selection and monitoring in the 13 contracts in which estimates were used, and interviewed TSA and contractor officials. GAO recommends that TSA: (1) revise it's 2013 cost estimating methodology to conform to best practices; (2) provide cost comparisons to Congress on a regular basis; and (3) compare and update estimates when major changes to contract values occur.

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