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Transportation Security Administration: Oversight of Explosive Detection Systems Maintenance Contracts Can be Strengthened
Cathleen A. Berrick (au)
Mandated to screen all checked baggage by using explosive detection systems at airports by Dec. 31, 2003, the Transportation Security Admin. (TSA) has deployed two types of screening equipment: explosive detection systems (EDS), which use computer-aided tomography X-rays to recognize explosives, & explosive trace detection (ETD) systems, which use chemical analysis to detect explosive residues. This report discusses: (1) EDS & ETD maintenance costs; (2) factors that played a role in these costs; & (3) the extent to which TSA conducts oversight of maintenance contracts. The author reviewed TSA’s contract files & processes for reviewing contractor costs & performance data. Includes recommendations. Charts & tables.
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