The Transportation Security Administration will hire more than 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) positions by summer 2021 to deal with anticipated seasonal travel trends at approximately 430 airports nationwide.
Alejandro Mayorkas was officially sworn in as the seventh Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas took the oath this afternoon after the Senate voted to confirm him. As Secretary of Homeland Security, Mayorkas now leads the third largest federal department in the United States, which includes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the United States Secret Service.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a mask mandate this weekend for all public transit — planes, trains and buses. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave enforcement authority to TSA employees.
In December 2020, the cybersecurity firm FireEye discovered one of the worst cyberattack in the U.S.'s history. The new Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) perspective Implications of the Sunburst Cybersecurity Attack addresses the damage caused by this attack and what public and private organizations, including transit agencies, can do to mitigate future attacks.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported the final daily figure of estimated travel volume for calendar year 2020, closing a year that tested the agency’s ability to innovate and quickly implement modifications across more than 440 federalized airports nationwide to address the pandemic. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, the agency screened a total of approximately 324 million passengers throughout its airport security checkpoints. That figure represents just 39% of the approximately 824 million total passengers screened in 2019.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA) (H.R. 133), signed into law by the President on December 27, 2020, includes $2 billion in funds to be awarded as economic relief to eligible U.S. airports and eligible concessions at those airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.
One of the largest public train operators in the United Kingdom, Southeastern Rail Network, upgraded its analog legacy system to a smart video security solution for securing 12 train depots, including five unmanned locations, against theft and intrusion.