Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Another Terrorism Screening Database NPRM

Today DHS published in the Federal Register (76 FR 39315-39317) another Privacy Act notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning their use of the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). This follows shortly behind their announcement about the CFATS personnel surety program that relies on the TSDB to check for potential terrorism links for facility personnel and visitors. This new NPRM describes how DHS will be able to allow more agencies to have direct access to the information contained in the TSDB.

DHS in conjunction with the Department of Justice and the FBI have “developed the DHS Watchlist Service (WLS) in order to automate and simplify the current method for transmitting TSDB records from the FBI/TSC to DHS and its components” (76 FR 39316). This system will make checking individuals against the TSDB much quicker and more efficient.

Interestingly, DHS does not apparently intend to give ISCD access to this system for their personnel surety program. They will still have to refer information submitted by the CFATS facilities to TSA for checks against the TSDB. So much for efficiency.

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