Federal Air Marshal Service: Actions Taken to Fulfill Core Mission and Address Workforce Issues: Congressional Testimony
By deploying armed air marshals onboard selected flights, the Fed. Air Marshal Service (FAMS), a component of the Transportation Security Admin., plays a key role in helping to protect approx. 29,000 domestic and international flights operated daily by U.S. air carriers. This testimony discusses: (1) FAMS┐s operational approach or ┐concept of operations┐ for covering flights; (2) an independent evaluation of the operational approach; and (3) FAMS┐s processes and initiatives for addressing workforce-related issues. Also, this testimony provides a list of possible oversight issues related to FAMS. This testimony is based on a Jan. 2009 report, with selected updates in July 2009. Includes recommendations.
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