TSA Airport Checked Baggage Inspection System Program (ARRA)

The TSA Electronic Baggage System Program (EBSP) is responsible for the deployment and installation of Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) at airports across the nation.

EBSP provides support to U.S.

commercial airports in implementing and maintaining security compliance requirements and
capabilities for Checked Baggage Detection Inspection Screening Systems at airports as mandated by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-71) to provide 100 percent screening of checked baggage.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

TSA funding is restricted to those airport facility and baggage handling system modifications/ reconfigurations required for the installation of TSA EDS equipment to screen checked baggage.

TSA provides, installs and tests the EDS equipment in addition to providing project funding towards required airport facility and baggage handling system modifications.

DUNS/CCR - Recipients must either obtain a DUNS number (or update the existing DUNS record), as well as register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Other private institutions/organizations: Transportation

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public


Public Law 111-5 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Section 1511 Certifications: “With respect to covered funds made available to State or local governments for infrastructure investments, the Governor, mayor, or other chief executive, as appropriate, shall certify that the infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. Such certification shall include a description of the investment, the estimated total cost, and the amount of covered funds to be used, and shall be posted on a website and linked to the website established by section 1526 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A State or local agency may not receive infrastructure investment funding from funds made available in this Act unless this certification is made and posted.”. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Airports are required to submit a complete application package.

Award Procedures

Airports will be selected to mitigate the risk in the aviation system and consistent with the intent of the law to fund projects most ready for execution. TSA evaluates airport applications against a model incorporating risk and readiness of the airport to start the project. Awards are in the form of an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). TSA funding and the terms and conditions of the OTA are negotiated between the TSA and the Airport.


Not Applicable.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5; Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-71). 49 U.S.C Section 114(m)(l) and 106(l)(6), Public Law 107-71.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications submitted by airports for TSA funding are being reviewed. Range of approval/disapproval time varies.




Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. TSA utilizes a cost sharing scenario based on the cost share ratio defined in the annual appropriation legislation. TSA provides funding for a specific share of the project costs and the airport contributes the remaining share of the funding. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The funding provided by TSA is obligated in the current TSA fiscal year and is available for expenditure to the airport within five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements


The amount of recovery funds received that were obligated and expended to projects or activities.

This reporting will also included unobligated allotment balances to facilitate reconciliations.

A detailed list of all projects or activities for which recovery funds were obligated and expended, including--(a) The name of the project or activity; (b) A description of the project or activity.

Financial Status Reports.

Progress Reports.

For infrastructure investments made by State and local governments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale of the agency for funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under this Act, and name of the person to contact at the agency if there are concerns with the infrastructure investment.

Detailed information on any subcontracts or subgrants awarded by the recipient to include the data elements required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-282), allowing aggregate reporting on awards below $25,000 or to individuals, as prescribed by the Director of OMB.

An estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs retained by the project or activity.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The airport is subject to the Office of Management Budget, A-133 “Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations”, reporting requirement.The Federal Government, including the Comptroller General of the United States, has the right to e


Records shall be retained for a period of three years from the day the recipient submits its final invoice. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the three-year period , whichever is alter. Records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0556-0-1-402 - Treasury Account Symbol for the Recovery Act is 70 9/0 0556.


(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $300,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Will vary by airport project and airport category and hub size. Per Congressional legislation, funding is allocated among a wide variety of airports. The financial assistance provided by TSA is effectuated through Other Transactional Authority agreements as the method of providing funding for airport baggage screening projects.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

* OMB Memorandum M-09-10 Subject: Initial Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. * Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133, “Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.”  * Single Audit reports as required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 * TSA Planning Guidelines and Design Standards available at ttp://www.tsa.gov/research/asac/index.shtm. * TSA White Paper on Checked Baggage Reimbursable and Non-Reimbursable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Transportation Security Administration 601 South 12th Street, Arlington 20598-6016 Email: POC@DHS.gov Phone: 5555551212

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

TSA utilizes an airport prioritization model for airport baggage screening projects based on a risk assessment that identifies operational risks. This overall approach is used to determine the impact of risk and cost analysis to address predicted airport growth rates, numbers of bags and the total project costs to includes TSA capital investment in EDS equipment and the TSA costs associated with installation, integration, testing the EDS equipment within the airport facility modification.

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