Report on TSA Rulemakings (September 2020)


This report provides a summary and status of TSA’s pending priority rulemakings. The information in the report is intended to provide general information to the public regarding TSA’s rulemaking actions, but should not be construed to commit TSA to specific conclusions or actions.  Because TSA is a component of the Department of Homeland Security, our rulemaking agenda is coordinated through the Department and the Office of Management and Budget.

Note that all target dates are consistent with the current semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Unified Agenda).*

Regulatory Reform

In early 2017, the President issued two executive orders on regulatory reform:  Executive Orders (EO) 13771 and 13777. Executive Order 13771 requires agencies to eliminate two existing regulations (2-for-1) and identify equivalent cost offsets for any new significant regulation. Executive Order 13777 imposes further requirements relating to reducing the regulatory burden.

TSA has been working to identify regulations and directives which should be repealed, replaced or modified.  In furtherance of this effort, TSA continues to seek industry feedback regarding whether regulatory requirements in 49 CFR title XII should be repealed, replaced or modified. Specifically, TSA is seeking assistance in identifying provisions that:

  1. Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
  2. Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
  3. Impose costs that exceed benefits; or
  4. Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies.

Please provide a detailed justification for recommending the repeal, replacement or modification of each regulatory provision. A justification will be most helpful if it includes examples of why the provision falls into one or more of the categories listed above. To the extent possible, please also include available quantitative data on the costs and benefits of either repealing, replacing or modifying each provision.

Input on TSA’s regulatory process is voluntary. Please submit all feedback to

Access to the Report

September Rulemaking Report

Purpose of the Report

TSA is providing this report to inform the public about regulatory activities.  This information can be used in conjunction with other tools available to the public.  For instance, by using the Docket Number when it is provided in the Report, you can locate the public docket for a particular rulemaking.  By using the Federal Register citation, you can also locate the document in the Federal Register. This report also addresses section 1967(a) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-254, 132 Stat. 3537 (Oct. 5, 2018), which requires TSA to publish on a public website information regarding the status of certain rulemakings.  The requirements in section 1967 are limited to statutorily required rulemakings related to surface transportation.  TSA has chosen to provide the same information for all of its priority rulemakings to the extent the information is available.

TSA's dockets can be found in the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS). These dockets electronically store all TSA-issued documents, supporting documents, and public comments regarding a particular rulemaking.  In addition, once in the docket, you can sign up for an email notification when particular documents are placed in the docket.

If you are interested in additional information about our rulemakings, you can review brief summaries in the Unified Agenda for both significant and non-significant rulemakings for the Federal Government. Anticipated publication dates in the semiannual Unified Agenda are general estimates only and are subject to change.


If you have substantive questions regarding a particular rulemaking, you may contact the responsible office directly by looking up the regulation in the Unified Agenda, and obtaining the contact information for that office.

*All dates are consistent with the most recently published Unified Agenda. They will be updated upon publication of the next semi-annual update.

Updated: September 16, 2020