Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger Rail

July 2010
GAO Reports;7/28/2010, preceding p1
Government Documents
The article focuses on the report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on explosives detection technologies in passenger rail systems. It says that there is little funding for the purchase and maintenance of explosives detection technologies in the U.S. It mentions that the effective detection of explosives still relies on human operators. Furthermore, it suggests that policymakers should consider legal implications and cost when making plans for the security of passenger rails.


Related Articles

  • HOMELAND SECURITY DHS and TSA Acquisition and Development of New Technologies. Lord, Steve // GAO Reports;9/22/2011, preceding p1 

    The article focuses on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) acquisition and development of technology programs. It notes the TSA's revision of explosive detection systems (EDS) requirements to improve its approach to threats. It also...

  • Passenger Rail Security: Enhanced Federal Leadership Needed to Prioritize and Guide Security Efforts: GAO-05-85. Berrick, Cathleen; Hecker, Jay Etta // GAO Reports;10/7/2005, p1 

    The U.S. passenger rail system is a vital component of the nation's transportation infrastructure, carrying more than 11 million passengers each weekday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) share responsibility for ensuring the safety and security...

  • TSA Has Taken Steps Designed to Develop Processes for Sharing and Analyzing Information and to Improve Rail Security Incident Reporting.  // GAO Reports;9/23/2015, p1 

    The article discusses a report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the steps to be taken by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop processes to improve rail security incident reporting. It mentions that GAO has interviewed TSA officials and reviewed...

  • GAO Update. Franzel, Jeanette; Hattery, Maxine // Auditor's Report;Fall2011, Vol. 35 Issue 1, Special section p1 

    The article presents updates on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Update include the announcement of Former Comptroller General Elmer B. Staats' passing on July 23 at the age of 97. Frequently asked questions about federal debt are also mentioned. The article also discusses the...

  • India Developing e-dog to Sniff out Explosives.  // Siliconindia;Feb2010, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p10 

    The article focuses on the development of electronic-dog (e-dog), a prototype being developed by Indian scientists to be used for detecting explosives.

  • Technical advice. Goldston, David // Nature;7/12/2007, Vol. 448 Issue 7150, p119 

    The article focuses on the impact of eliminating the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) by the Republicans in policy-making in the U.S. In 1972, OTA was established by the Congress to write on technical issue wherein the resulting documents were regarded highly by science-policy experts. When...

  • Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center: Clarifying Rationale for the Research and Development Funding Decisions Would Increase Accountability. Larence, Eileen R. // GAO Reports;3/13/2009, p1 

    The article offers information on a study conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the programs of the Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC). It states that the CTAC has organized output and outcome performance measures to evaluate achievement of its research and...

  • DOD is Making Progress in Adopting Best Practices for the Transformational Satellite Communications System and Space Radar but Still Faces Challenges: GAO-07-1029R. Chaplain, Cristina // GAO Reports;8/3/2007, p1 

    The Department of Defense (DOD) is working to achieve information superiority over adversaries and share information seamlessly among disparate weapons systems. Two programs envisioned as a part of this effort are Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) and Space Radar. TSAT is...

  • A Comparative Analysis of the Value of Technology Readiness Assessments. Bailey, Reginald U.; Mazzuchi, Thomas A.; Sarkani, Shahram; Rico, David F. // Defense Acquisition Research Journal: A Publication of the Defen;Oct2014, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p825 

    The U.S. Department of Defense endorsed and later mandated the use of Technology Readiness Assessments (TRAs) and knowledge-based practices in the early 2000s for use as a tool in the management of program acquisition risk. Unfortunately, implementing TRAs can be costly, especially when programs...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics