Security and Hazardous Materials Safety (ASH) works closely with industry and government, both domestically and internationally. We partner with the following agencies to enhance national security and aviation safety:

Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA)

The DCSA is the security agency in the Federal Government dedicated to providing efficient and effective background investigations, continuous vetting, and adjudications to safeguard the integrity and trustworthiness of the federal and contractor workforce. The agency is the FAA's Investigative Service Provider (ISP) and the primary ISP for the Federal Government, conducting 95% of all background investigations for over 100 agencies.

Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities and Industry Associations

The FAA collaborates closely with civil aviation authorities and industry groups worldwide to enhance safety. Authorities share information, investigate accidents, incidents, develop standards, and identify best practices to help with a global approach to aviation safety and security, such as the safe transport of dangerous goods

Interagency Security Committee | CISA

The Interagency Security Committee (ISC), through collaborations with Federal agencies, establishes policies, monitors compliance and assists with the security and protection of Federal facilities. The ISC consists of 21 primary members designated by EO 12977 and 45 associate members that have petitioned to join. The ISC provides coordinated interagency solutions to security problems to assist individual departments and agencies. 

International Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA)

CAAs collaborate worldwide to enhance aviation safety. CAAs share information, investigate accidents and incidents, develop standards, and identify best practices to foster and ensure a global approach to aviation safety and security, such as the safe transport of dangerous goods

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The ICAO promotes air commerce and safety through established international standards, recommended practices, and procedures. Its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods may be used to transport hazardous materials by aircraft in the United States (with some limitations, see 49 CFR 171.11). The FAA takes part in ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel meetings and updating the Technical Instructions.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA includes Hazmat Safety Reporting in its Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), which supports the identification and mitigation of hazardous materials-related aviation safety issues. ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident reports from pilots, controllers, ground crews, and others. 

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The NTSB is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress to investigate every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other types of transportation. These include railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. It issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in accordance with EO 13467, is responsible as the Security Executive Agent (SecEA) for the development, implementation, and oversight of effective, efficient, and uniform policies and procedures governing the conduct of investigations and adjudications for eligibility for access to classified information and eligibility to hold a sensitive position. While the DNI is focused primarily on the Intelligence Community, SecEA responsibilities are further extended to cover personnel security processes within all agencies, governmentwide.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Hazardous Materials Safety

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, within PHMSA, issues, updates, and interprets the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR, Parts 100-185). The FAA enforces these regulations in the air mode. Updates, interpretations, training materials, and other resources for the Hazardous Materials Regulations are available from this PHMSA office.

Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Department of Justice plays a crucial role in ensuring aviation security by investigating and prosecuting federal crimes aboard aircraft. DOJ also coordinates the activities of other members of the law enforcement community to detect, prevent, preempt, and disrupt aviation-related terrorist attacks, including hijacking, air piracy, and hostage negotiations. To effectively carry out these responsibilities, DOJ works closely with the FAA on a range of legal, policy and operational matters.

Department of Defense (DoD)

Responsible for providing the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security, DoD requires access to vast amounts of the National Airspace for testing, training, and security of sensitive sites. The FAA works closely with DoD meet their airspace requirements, while simultaneously ensuring maximum access to the NAS for civil aircraft.

Department of Homeland Security(DHS)

As the Department charged with defending the U.S. against threats to the Homeland, DHS conducts aviation law enforcement operations, including detecting, identifying, and interdicting potential air threats to national security. ASH works closely with DHS to establish security provisions that allow maximum use of the navigable airspace by civil aircraft consistent with national security requirements.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

As part of the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is responsible for protecting the nation’s transportation systems. Screening airline passengers, baggage, and cargo is the TSA’s most visible role. There is some overlap between the “prohibited items” the TSA bans from the cabin of the aircraft and the “hazardous materials” that FAA prohibits from baggage.

Last updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2023