New Possible Screening Procedures for Federal Employees and Law Enforcement
U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), introduced the Secure Traveler Act, legislation that would expand enrollment in TSA PreCheck for individuals who have passed extensive background checks, like federal employees holding an active security clearance and law enforcement officers.
Under the Secure Traveler Act, persons in positions of public trust would not have to undergo a second background check when applying for PreCheck. This would not only expedite their application process and incentivize their participation in the programs, but it would free up capacity to screen other, non-eligible applicants. Applicants would still be subject to other program requirements, including paying all applicable fees and participants would still pass through airport security. Active duty military are already enrolled in PreCheck and DOD civilians are currently able to opt-in for the program.
Enrollment Via Clearance:
The administrator of the TSA would, in consultation with the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, create a process to verify an active security clearance for applicants in lieu of a background check.
Enrollment for Law Enforcement:
The administrator of the TSA would, in consultation with the attorney general, establish a process to permit the expedited enrollment of certain law enforcement officers, including public safety and law enforcement officers.