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DHS Quizzed on Security Rule Action

On Sept. 14, Rep. Adam Schiff (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging completion of the repair station security rule that would allow the FAA to again certificate new foreign repair stations.

Schiff highlighted the negative impact the ban has on US competitiveness in the aviation maintenance industry and reminded Secretary Napolitano that the rule must be issued to put Americans back to work.

“The prohibition has not encouraged the agency to act; instead it has only punished the aviation industry and weakened U.S. leadership in aviation maintenance services. The rule needs to be issued, so that American companies can start competing for foreign repair station contracts,” Schiff said.

The Association commends Rep. Schiff for his leadership in urging TSA to finalize the repair station security rule. To remind your lawmakers of the importance of lifting the ban on certificating new foreign aviation repair stations, visit ARSAAction.org. For more information on ARSA’s “Lift the Ban” campaign, click here.

TSA tells ARSA it’s “diligently” working on security rule

The TSA is “cognizant of the issues created by the delay” in the repair station security rule and is “working diligently to complete the rulemaking” Administrator John Pistole stated in a Sept. 11 letter to ARSA.

Pistole’s letter comes in response to an ARSA-led coalition letter of August 20 requesting an update from Napolitano on the status of the repair station rulemaking.



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