Volume 9 AIRCRAFT, AIRPORT, AND OPERATIONAL
CHAPTER 1 ISSUANCE AND CONTROL OF SENSITIVE SECURity INFORMATION
ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES
Section 1 General
9-1 BACKGROUND. Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) security, and subsequently the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA), markedly increased the number and scope of
Sensitive Security Information (SSI) documents issued as a means of notifying
specific segments of the air carrier industry, airports, and air operators
of the current threat to U.S. civil aviation. Often, SSI documents have
required implementation of specific measures by any aircraft operator covered
by Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) part 1544, § 1544.101(a)
conducting scheduled and/or public charter flight operations from or within
the United States or its territories.
9-2 SSI ACCESS. Aviation safety inspectors (ASI) of each specialty
are often required to review and approve procedures proposed by air carriers
in response to SSI documents delivered by the TSA or other Federal agencies.
This action is accomplished to ensure that those procedures have no undesirable
consequences in operational safety, the FAA’s traditional area of responsibility.
To perform a competent review, access to current and past SSI documents
is often helpful. This section describes the developed process to ensure
that access to SSI material is done securely.
9-3 COORDINATION. As is necessary, the Aviation Special Operations
and Security Staff (AFS-7) will coordinate with TSA and other Federal Agencies
in identifying specific SSI documents that ASIs should access, and will
convey SSI documents to appropriate offices as follows:
A. Relevance of SSI. SSI documents that are pertinent and
in the scope of FAA responsibilities will be conveyed to Flight Standards
District Office (FSDO)/certificate management office (CMO)/International
Field Office (IFO) managers who have a need for the SSI documents. The typical
transmission of documents is through a password-protected e-mail. However,
at times, it may be necessary to either mail or hand-deliver SSI documents.
B. Securing SSI. The FSDO/CMO/IFO manager is responsible
for the security of the SSI information in accordance with the Interim SSI
Policies and Procedures for Safeguarding and Control, posted at the following
Web site: http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/ssi-safeguard.pdf. It is not a
requirement for offices to retain the SSI information. An office can electronically
delete or physically destroy it when it is of no value to that office.
C. Printing SSI. FSDOs/CMOs/IFOs can print SSI documents
as long as the offices physically secure them.
D. Access to SSI. The FSDO/CMO/IFO manager/supervisor will
determine access to the document by inspectors on a need-to-know basis.
E. Electronic SSI. Unless otherwise directed by AFS-7, do
not forward electronic copies of SSI and the subsequent password. Use the
SSI as reference material only.
F. SSI from Other Agencies. Flight Standards Service (AFS)
does not have authority or responsibility to enforce the requirements set
forth in SSI issued by other Federal agencies.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 9-4 through 9-19.