May 19, 2009

House Bill Would Establish Ombuds for Federal Air Marshals

The US House Committee on Homeland Security has approved a bill that would make several improvements to the national transportation infrastructure. Tucked into H.R. 2200, the "Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act," is a provision that would establish an Ombuds program for the the Federal Air Marshal Service. The head of the FAMs would be appointed by the TSA Assistant Secretary to "carry out programs and activities to improve morale, training, and quality of life issues in the Service, including through implementation of the recommendations of the Comptroller General." Approval by the House committee means that the bill will now be placed on House's general calendar for further consideration. (GovTrack.)

Related post: Inspector General Recommends Realignment of TSA Ombuds Program.

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