Reimbursable Screening Services Program

The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-6), as amended by the FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID Relief and Response Act (P.L. 116-260), authorizes TSA to pilot a program through FY2023, allowing the agency to enter into reimbursable agreements with up to eight TSA regulated entities, as outlined in 49 CFR Part 1500, to provide screening services at locations other than primary passenger terminal screening areas.
 
TSA has developed guidance for requesting screening services under Section 225, and participants will be selected and evaluated through a fair, equitable, and transparent process.
 
The pilot program will allow TSA to provide screening services in support of regulated entities without negatively effecting current operations at TSA security checkpoints. Under program agreements, selected participants will reimburse TSA fully for all personnel and non-personnel costs associated with providing these additional security screening services.
 
To learn more about the Reimbursable Screening Services Program, please email TSA.RSSP@tsa.dhs.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Reimbursable Screening Services Program (RSSP) is a pilot program that will enable TSA to be reimbursed for providing screening services outside an airport terminal’s existing primary screening area for passengers.  Requests for RSSP locations not at or near an airport (“off-airport”) will be considered if TSA security protocols and funding requirements and agreements with the relevant local airport authorities can be met.

TSA began accepting requests to participate on June 3, 2019.

The submission period will remain open until eight locations are approved into the pilot program.  Pilots are authorized through FY 2023. TSA will evaluate the RSSP to ensure this enhances TSA’s mission.  TSA will use the evaluation to formulate a recommendation to Congress on whether to expand the pilot or to establish a permanent program. 

The authorization was provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 and was extended via the amendment in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Locations are selected by the requesting regulated entity and with concurrence from the Federal Security Director(s) of that specific airport location(s).

The Consolidated Appropriations Act authorizes up to eight locations through FY 2023.

Yes, there is one operating RSSP location at LAX and locations at MSP, ATL, LGA, and LAX which are approved but are not operating at this time.

Operating:
The LAX RSSP location began operating in January 2020 with the operator Private Suite (PS).

Approved:
MSP - is on hold at this time due to COVID-19 and low passenger volume.
LGA - is in the screening equipment procurement stage with LaGuardia Gateway Partners.
ATL - is in the agreement signature phase with the City of Atlanta, Signature Flight Services, and PS.
LAX - a second RSSP location at LAX to be operated by Delta Air Lines was recently approved in June 2022.

TSA does not determine how pilots will be funded. However, TSA is required to collect an advance payment prior to performing the work or providing a service (reimbursable work cash advance).

Locations will be evaluated by a panel, covering:

  • Impact to TSA operations
  • Funding reliability
  • Community impacts
  • Health and safety
  • Other agency support
  • Feasibility and timelines

TSA will not solicit requests but regulated public or private entities who wish to participate will be directed to TSA.RSSP@tsa.dhs.gov.

Requesters must submit a completed document answering the Table 1 – RSSP Application Guidance and Table 2 Evaluation Criteria list in the External Request Guidance document and a detailed Concept of Operations (ConOps) to communicate the proposed system of operation and how it will be deployed to meet end objectives. It will include steps to be taken to ensure the integrity of the airport security environment. Interested requesters must coordinate with the affected TSA Federal Security Director(s) in developing their guidance and ConOps.

TSA requires that a completed request include the guidance and ConOps documents and an evaluation process with TSA stakeholders (offices that are impacted by the financial and operational aspects of the RSSP location).  All three aspects must be fully satisfied before an executive level approval can be obtained. Therefore, we recommend that requesters submit the required documents as soon as possible.

The TSA Gifting Program, part of the Capability Acceptance Process (CAP) managed by TSA’s Acquisition Program Management (APM), allows private entities to purchase screening equipment and related furniture and fixtures and gift them to TSA. Requesters developing their formal documentation will be provided the information to include in their cost estimates.

Regulated entities interested in the RSSP should not expect TSA to provide excess legacy equipment.  Gifting equipment may accelerate deployment and implementation timelines.

After the official approval, TSA and the partners will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Reimbursable Services Agreement (RSA) in order to enter into an official agreement.  There may be additional agreements (MOUs or RSAs) based on the full scope and business needs, such as acquiring the non-personnel items or utilizing third party operators.

Yes, with updates to the request and if pilot locations are still available.

Advance payment for services must be received at least 90 days before services are provided.

Operating an RSSP location will include all personnel and non-personnel expenses and estimates will be provided during the request and approval stages.  Operating participants will reimburse TSA fully for all costs associated with providing these additional security screening services.  TSA will review operating costs monthly and any adjustments will be communicated to the operating partners. 

Pilot applications will only be approved if TSA has determined there will be no adverse impacts to established screening operations.

The authority to operate under the RSSP program will terminate at the end of FY 2023.  If the program is made permanent, existing pilot locations will be given the option to continue participation in the program.

A RSSP location must perform with the same TSA equipment standards and adhere to all governing directives and standard operating procedures as a non-RSSP location.  At this time there is only one operating RSSP location, which paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and performance data is now being gathered.  As more data becomes available, performance metrics will be gathered and reported.

RSSP requests will only be reviewed and approved once the Federal Security Director at the impacted airport supports the request, which addresses staffing needs.  TSA will only approve RSSP locations for sites that do not impact or have unintended consequences at the primary passenger and baggage screening checkpoints.

 

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is collecting this information from public and private entities interested in participating in the Reimbursable Screening Services Program. TSA estimates that the average burden for this collection is 8 hours per request. This is a voluntary collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection to: TSA-11, Attention: PRA 1652-0073 TSA Reimbursable Services Program Request, 6595 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 20598-6038. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and persons are not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number assigned to this collection is 1652-0073, which expires 04/30/2023.