To develop and promote the implementation of effective global transportation security worldwide while ensuring compliance with international and TSA standards.
Mission areas include:
- Outreach/Engagement: OGS conducts extensive outreach and engagement at the global, regional, and bilateral levels to raise awareness about the continued high threat to the aviation sector to advance the implementation of mitigation measures with foreign partners and through international organizations to counter these new and emerging threats as they arise.
- Capacity Development: OGS works to effectively address the needs of foreign partner nations to build sustainable aviation security practices through capacity development. An important part of this effort is aviation security training and technical assistance, which TSA provides based on risk analysis and in response to needs identified by a number of entities, among them the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Transportation, as well as the civil aviation authorities of foreign governments.
- Compliance: OGS conducts security assessments of international airports from which foreign airlines fly directly to the United States, those served by U.S. air carriers, those that pose a high risk to international air travel, and others as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. OGS International Transportation Security Specialists visit over 300 airports at one-to three-year intervals; frequency is based on risk computations of current threat, documented vulnerabilities, and flight data. Additionally, OGS inspects all U.S. carriers and foreign carriers servicing the United States on an annual basis to ensure compliance with TSA security standards.
OGS Operational Elements:
International Operations: Responsible for reducing risk by conducting outreach and engagement with international government counterparts, with an emphasis on best practices to raise the level of transportation security. Also TSA’s focal point for industry outreach and engagement to foreign air carriers and U.S. flag carriers operating outside the United States, and for receiving and coordinating the sharing of aviation security-related requirements, intelligence, and/or threat information affecting passengers, air carriers, and the overall security of the U.S. and global aviation systems.
Global Compliance: Responsible for identifying and documenting vulnerabilities in the global transportation system through foreign airport assessments and air carrier inspections. The Cargo Branch is responsible for developing and promoting a secure and resilient supply chain that facilitates commerce through a risk-based framework.
Integrated Plans and Support: Responsible for analyzing risk to target vulnerabilities in the international transportation network and mitigating these risks by providing capacity development, in the form of aviation security training and technical assistance, as well as through management and expansion of the Preclearance Program. Also supports the OGS mission through the development of incident management protocols, IT enterprise data management, and workforce development.