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Transportation Security Administration: Federal Air Marshal Service

The Federal Air Marshal Services (FAMS) promotes public confidence in our Nation's civil aviation system through the effective risk-based strategic deployment of Federal Air Marshals, to detect, deter, and defeat terrorist or other criminal hostile acts targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers, and crew.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The programs retired and added multiple performance measures with ambitious targets and timeframes to better address program performance in meeting desired program outcomes and efficiencies. Data from new performance measures will enhance programmatic decision making and show the general public how the programs are held accountable for performance.
  • The program should conduct additional research on air marshal services in other countries. This would help determine if the program is comparable or better to air marshal services provided in other countries. In addition, enlisting regular independent evaluations of the program can substantiate program improvements and evaluate effectiveness.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing an advanced risk analysis tool whose goals include providing FAMS with to the capability to quantify increased/decreased risk levels relative to inputted resource levels.
  • Strengthening the FAMS program's financial performance by remediating undelivered order balances that were contributory to TSA's UDO material weakness.
  • Using findings of the program's general audit by the General Accountability Office (GAO) to determine improvement actions for 2nd through 4th quarters of FY 2009.

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