Olson Homeland Security Efforts Block Outsourcing of Terror Watch Lists07/16/09
Rep. Pete Olson today announced that as a result of his successful efforts on the House Homeland Security Committee the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will issue a rule that will block third party, private entities from being allowed to conduct no fly, selectee or watch list checks. The Olson amendment was included in the final version of the bill that passed the House and now in the final rule from TSA.
“I applaud TSA for maintaining the appropriate role in overseeing the terror watch list,” Rep. Olson said. “The ability to deny an individual their right to travel on public transportation is an inherently governmental function. While this is a positive step, the job is not done. TSA has gone back to seek further stakeholder input on the matter. From what I have heard, all have been pleased with the pragmatic approach the TSA is now taking. I look forward to seeing the new rule that TSA will soon issue.”
"As a business aviation constituent, I know that Rep. Pete Olson has been one of the leaders on security issues since he was first elected to Congress,” said Ed Vesely of Welsch Aviation, Inc. in Houston. “As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, he has been an effective advocate for business aviation when security measures are introduced that haven't benefitted from input by the very industry they are proposed to regulate. As just one example, his work has led the Transportation Security Administration to abandon a plan to allow third-party security audits - a function that should be only overseen by government authorities to ensure confidentiality of the information obtained.”
“We thank Congressman Olson for his efforts on this and other security issues that are important to the business aviation industry, and many others in Texas and across the country, Vesely concluded."
General aviation is a vital component of the national economy and contributes over $11 billion of the Texas economy. The 22nd district of Texas is home to a dozen small airports that serve the general aviation community, including Sugar Land Regional, Pearland Regional, and Ellington Field.
The final rule issued by TSA will not permit outsourcing of terror watch lists.