The Office of 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.