Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TSA recognizes Amtrak's BASE security program as Gold Standard

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Amtrak is being recognized by the Transportation Security Administration for earning the agency's Gold Standard on the railroad's most recent Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancements (BASE). This designation recognizes Amtrak's dedication to building a strong security program.

Of the areas assessed, Amtrak received high marks for its establishment of security and emergency awareness programs both internally and externally.

"Amtrak is dedicated to taking all appropriate actions to become the nation's most secure railroad by identifying and minimizing risks and maximizing passenger and employee safety," said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman.

The TSA BASE program is designed to establish a security standard for individual system security programs and assess progress. This voluntary comprehensive review of rail and mass transit agency security programs focuses on multiple categories identified by the rail and transit community as fundamentals for a sound security program. They include a review of topics such as an agency's security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs.

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