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Program Application

Screening Partnership Program

On February 14, 2012, the President signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which outlines additional TSA requirements related to the approval of Screening Partnership Program (SPP) Airport applications. The Act states that TSA shall approve an airport’s application to participate in SPP if approval will not compromise security, detrimentally affect cost efficiency, or detrimentally affect screening effectiveness of passengers or property.

Airport Application to Participate in SPP (.pdf, 42kb)

Are you an individual looking to join one of our private screening partners?

The information and application on this page is for airports wishing to participate in the Screening Partnership Program. If you are an individual looking to join one of our private screening partners or TSA, then please visit Employment Opportunities with Our Private-Sector Screening Partners or our careers page.

Airport Application Instructions

This application notifies the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of an airport’s intent to participate in the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). Airport operators may submit this application at any time.

Privatized screening is important to TSA’s mission and has existed since TSA’s creation under 49 U.S.C. §44920, first enacted by the Aviation Transportation Security Act of 2001 (ATSA) P. L. 107-71. The SPP provides airports with a process to “opt-out” of federally provided security screening services and request TSA to use private security screening companies. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 amended 49 U.S.C. §44920, further defining TSA’s responsibilities with regard to the evaluation and determination of privatized airport screening applications. TSA is required to approve an airport’s application unless approval would compromise security or be detrimental to the cost-efficiency or the effectiveness of screening at the airport. The TSA will approve or deny an application within 120 days after receiving a complete application. If an application is denied, the applicant will receive the findings that served as the basis for the denial, the results of any analysis conducted, and recommendations on how the airport operator can address reasons for the denial within 60 days of the decision.

Approval of this application does not guarantee that a contract for private security screening will be awarded at the airport. TSA will only award a contract if the source selection process yields a qualified company that will provide security screening services using a technical approach consistent with TSA standards, at a price that will not negatively impact the TSA budget. Procurements for security screening services are being structured to meet these objectives.

TSA procures all solicitations for security screening services in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Airports accepted to participate in SPP following a contract award must transition to the private security screening company selected.


A separate application must be submitted for each individual airport location.

An authorized representative of the airport or the airport owner must execute the application. The requisite application documentation must be fully complete to be considered by TSA. Incomplete applications will delay the process.

Responses will be used in the following manner:

  • Question 1 will shape the TSA’s acquisition strategy. The TSA will conduct a “full and open” competition if the response is “yes.” The TSA may conduct either a “full and open” competition or limit competition to small business concerns, as warranted, if the response is “no.” NOTE: The airport operator is advised that if it chooses to compete for the contract, it is possible that contract award may be made to another vendor. TSA may review any subsequent request from the airport operator to “opt-in” for federal workforce screening, but may choose to proceed with the contract award issued as a result of the application. Submission of the application serves as acknowledgement of this advisory.
  • Question 2 is required by 49 U.S.C. 44920. The TSA will use the recommendation to develop cost estimates based on SPP’s experience with that company. There is no impact to an application if SPP has no experience with the company. Please note, the TSA will not contract with the recommended company based solely on the recommendation. All awards are made in accordance with the FAR.
  • Question 3 may inform TSA’s requirements for procurement of screening services. Additionally, the response will be used in the approval process, though there are no specific impacts to the approval or denial of an application dependent on the response provided.
  • Question 4 will be used to further TSA’s understanding of the overall application and airport environment. There are no specific impacts to the application decision regardless of the information provided.


Download the Screening Partnership Program Application and submit at any time. Be sure to save the file locally with a unique name and then email it to the Federal Security Director for that airport location.

Latest revision: 02 March 2015