The General Accounting Office wants the U.S. Department of
Transportation and Transportation Security Administration to find better ways
to clarify each agency's responsibilities for maintaining transportation
"The roles and responsibilities of TSA and DOT in securing the
transportation system have not been clearly defined," GAO said in a
report. "(This) creates the potential for overlap, duplication and
confusion as both entities move forward with their security efforts."
GAO suggested the Department of Homeland
Security and GAO use "memorandums of agreement" to
clarify and delineate DOT's and TSA's roles and responsibilities
in transportation security matters.
The report noted the Department of Homeland Security and TSA generally
agree with the report's findings, but disagree with GAO's recommendation.
However, the GAO report said, "Based
on the uncertainty in the entities' roles and responsibilities that transportation
to us, we continue to believe our recommendation is valid and would help
address transportation security challenges."