Mon, Jun 28, 2004
Take A Letter...
Representative John Mica
(R-FL), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, sent a
letter on June 22 to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge urging the quick and efficient transfer of responsibility for
background checks for aliens seeking flight training in the US from
the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Transportation Security
Section 612 of the Vision 100 - Century of Aviation
Reauthorization Act, enacted last December, required the TSA to
promulgate a rule within 60 days of the law's enactment that would
arrange for the transfer of flight training background checks from
the DOJ to the TSA.
The rule would establish the new procedures to be required by
the TSA. This deadline passed over 100 days ago with no action from
either the DOJ or the TSA.
Last month, NATA president James K. Coyne met with Chairman Mica
to discuss this issue.
"We are very
appreciative of Chairman Mica's efforts to spur on both the DOJ and
the TSA to complete the transfer outlined within Vision-100 so
foreign flight training in this country can resume to the vibrant
levels enjoyed prior to September 11th," Coyne stated. "As the
Chairman astutely points out in this letter, the longer the delay
in implementation of the TSA background check program, the more
likely foreign students will head to other countries for training
where 'less stringent safety and security practices' are
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