Joint Staff Report: Pseudo-Classification of Executive Branch Documents: Problems with the Transportation Security Administration’s Use of the Sensitive Security Information Designation

May 29, 2014

Specifically, the investigative report found:

·         Problems with TSA’s application of the SSI designation date back to 2004, including inconsistent application of the designation.

·         TSA improperly designated certain information as SSI in order to avoid its public release.

·         TSA has repeatedly released information to the public against the advice of the SSI Office and without having produced suitable documentation to explain the decision.

·         The structure and position of the SSI Office within TSA has contributed to the difficulties the office has encountered in carrying out its mission.  TSA has moved the office within the agency’s organizational structure several times.  One official stated the office moves have effectively relegated it a “throwaway office.”

·         TSA made significant improvements to its SSI designation process following the Committee’s investigation.