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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE SPEAKS AT CARGO SECURITY PANEL DISCUSSION WITH TSA


“IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT THE FEDERAL AND PRIVATE SECTOR WORK TOGETHER TO BETTER SECURE OUR VALUABLE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CARGO INDUSTRY.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee spoke as the keynote speaker at a panel discussion on the Cargo Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The air cargo system is a complex, multi-faceted network that handles a vast amount of freight, packages, and mail carried aboard passenger and all-cargo aircraft. The air cargo system is vulnerable to several security threats including potential plots to place explosives aboard aircraft; illegal shipments of hazardous materials; criminal activities such as smuggling and theft; and potential hijackings and sabotage by persons with access to aircraft. Several procedural and technology initiative to enhance air cargo security and deter terrorist and criminal threats have been put in place or are under consideration.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. “Everyone understands that cargo screening is not an easy or inexpensive undertaking; however, it is logical that if we screen passengers, all carry-ons, and all checked baggage, then we must screen the remaining items onboard passenger aircraft, and that is belly cargo,” commented Congresswoman Jackson Lee.

The Congresswoman’s subcommittee has had several hearings and briefings on the implementation of the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) and TSA’s cargo security program generally. Through this oversight, and given that the successful implementation of the CCSP will rely upon compliance of third party entities in screening cargo bound for passenger aircraft, the Subcommittee has been concerned that TSA has not requested more air cargo inspectors which will serve as the primary method of verification for compliance with the mandate.

“From shipper to air carrier, I think if everyone takes a fair share in implementing this important security measure, then we can achieve a more secure industry and Nation,” commented Jackson Lee.

WHO:

· Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

· TSA Air Cargo Security and Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) Officials

· Houston Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

· Secure Global Logistics

· Border and Maritime Security Division, Department of Homeland Security

WHAT: Panel Discussion – Luncheon

WHEN: February 18, 2010

11:30 am

WHERE: 1045 Greens Pkwy 77067

NOTE: Agenda

11:50 Welcome & Introduction of Congresswoman Jackson Lee- Mike Middleton

12:00 Statement by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

12:10 Welcome & Introduction of Panelists Corey Vickers

12:15 Panel Presentations: David Taylor, Border and Maritime Security Division, DHS Allan Collier, Branch Chief for Technology, TSA HQ Henry Clark, Houston field agent, TSA David E. Burnell, Assistant Branch Chief-CCSP, Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA Mike Middleton, Executive Vice President, Secure Global Logistics Moderator, Corey Vickers, CSCMP Houston Roundtable

1:00 Conclusion of Speakers*Mike Middleton Beginning of Exhibitor Demonstrations & Breakout Sessions*

Houston Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and we are discussing our role as a CCSF (Certified Cargo Screening Facility) and our role as a CCSP (Certified Cargo Screening Program) Technology Pilot participant in order to better educate our fellow supply chain managers on the issues relating to air cargo security. Representatives from TSA and DHS S&T to present briefs to the audience.

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