TSA provides legal interpretation on ‘field of transportation’

Agency clarifies the individuals it can collect fees from for vetting costs

Posted October 3, 2016

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provided a notice that it has issued a legal interpretation of the phrase “field of transportation” that is referenced in the statute requiring TSA to charge fees to recover the cost of its vetting services. By defining this term, TSA clarifies the individuals from whom it may collect and retain fees to recover vetting costs.

TSAs reports it has recently received inquiries concerning the delineation of where transportation begins and ends where the answer is not so apparent. Several key stakeholder groups have asked which employees, employers, or activities in the chemical industry fall within the scope of “field of transportation” in TSA's fee statute and could pay for TSA's vetting services through user fees.

This interpretation states that the “field of transportation” includes an individual, activity, entity, facility, owner, or operator that is subject to regulation by TSA, DOT, or the U.S. Coast Guard, and individuals applying for trusted traveler programs.

An electronic copy of the interpretation of the field of transportation is available on the electronic Federal Docket Management System at www.regulations.gov, using Docket No. TSA-2016-0001.

An electronic copy of the interpretation of the field of transportation is available on the electronic Federal Docket Management System at www.regulations.gov.


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