President issues transportation security order

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President George W. Bush recently issued an executive order that establishes a government-wide policy by the White House to improve security within the surface transportation sector.

The EO, issued Dec. 5, requires the development of a Transportation Sector Specific Plan (TSSP) that aligns with the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and also requires that specific security “annexes” be developed by each surface mode to define what security measures are in place, and what potential security initiatives should be reviewed for consideration and/or implementation.

Many of the requirements in the document already have been established or are in the process of being developed.