The Cross Modal Division (CMD), within the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement (OSPIE) provides leadership and support for the coordination and integration of activities that apply to all modes of the Transportation Systems Sector, specifically information collection, economic analysis, policy development, planning, and information sharing. CMD manages and guides the national transportation system counter-terrorism protection mission—including developing strategies, plans, and performance reports—through collaborative processes that engage government partners at all levels including key transportation industry stakeholders and the public. CMD also provides economic analyses and regulatory evaluations, facilitates policy development, and provides critical infrastructure and assessment data to support TSA risk management activities.
The National Plans Branch (NPB) develops, maintains, and coordinates reporting and planning activities in support of national strategies and plans required by legislation or executive mandate. It manages and facilitates key processes for engaging the transportation community, provides responses to Congressional inquiries, supports TSA’s requirements to produce annual reports, and provides a central point of integration for cross modal programs. The NPB also manages TSA’s role as the sector-specific agency for the Transportation Systems Sector. In addition, the NPB: (1) completes special projects, (2) manages several stakeholder advisory groups, (3) oversees all matters pertaining to TSA preparedness within OSPIE, and (4) develops maritime security policy in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the maritime industry. The NPB interacts and coordinates with multiple inter-agency councils and commissions.
The Policy Coordination Branch (PCB) supports the OSPIE and TSA mission by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of policy development, coordination, and approval. The PCB is responsible for facilitating all security policy development, coordination, and issuance. Policy documents that are currently required to be vetted through this facilitated process include TSA-approved standard security programs (SSPs), SSP changes, security program amendments, alternate procedures (AP), Security Directives (SD), and Emergency Amendments (EA).
The Economic Analysis Branch (EAB) supports TSA by providing special economic assessments relevant to transportation security programs and policy products. This includes regulations, security standards, and research on regulatory and non-regulatory policy issues. The EAB also participates in developing consequence data and analysis in support of risk assessment and analytical products. The EAB works closely with economists from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) on issues related to regulatory evaluation of TSA rulemaking initiatives. In addition, the EAB coordinates with the Office of Chief Counsel in the rulemaking process by ensuring that regulatory evaluations are consistent with proposed regulatory language and in compliance with executive orders.
Intermodal Security Exercise Training Program (I-Step)
The Intermodal Security Exercise Training Program (I-STEP) Branch enables development and integration of risk-based, intelligence-driven exercise, training, and security planning solutions in collaboration with security partners to reduce risks to critical transportation infrastructure. The I-STEP Branch manages a vibrant and effective capability to build and sustain security preparedness to protect the American people, enhance national resilience, and identify capability gaps and needed resources, guided by requirements of the 9/11 Act and Presidential preparedness directives and policies.