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2012 - What's New in Security Badging

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Clarification regarding the use of Alias/AKA fields for submitted Security Threat Assessments (STAs) (12/2012)

Part of the security badging process requires the applicant to fill out application forms with information that is considered personal identifying information. One such requirement is when it comes to entering information to satisfy the TSA's Security Threat Assessment(STA) and in particular, the aliases. Lack of detail or information on the part of the applicant affects the badging process which results in the delay of the badge to be issued.

TSA would like to clarify and provide additional guidance regarding the use of the Alias/AKA field. TSA has observed that regulated stakeholders may not be providing ALL previously used names for applicants submitted to TSA for vetting purposes. It is imperative that badging offices ask all applicants if they have ever used any other names, both first names and last names, and record these additional names on the application to ensure complete and accurate vetting occurs for all applicants. It is common for names to change as a result of naturalization to the US, marriage, re-marriage, etc., therefore, applicants should not think there is a negative connotation associated with providing an alias or AKA name on the STA application.

Additional names must be listed on STA applications to cover the following scenarios.

  • Maiden names
  • Birth name that was changed due to naturalization or other reasons
  • Legal name changes
  • Extended last names
  • Spelling variations
  • Any additional names reflected on I-9 documents

If a badging office fails to list and submit an applicant’s previously used name(s), but TSA determines that other names do in fact exist for the submitted applicant, TSA will use the current corrections process to reject the application and return the case to the badging office. The badging office is then expected to verify the information with the applicant and submit an updated application to TSA to complete the vetting process. TSA considers querying applicants regarding any previous names used a best practice which all badging offices should implement if they have not done so already.

Best Practices When Handling Sensitive Security Material (11/2012)

Have you received materials and /or documents that are sensitive in nature? Meaning, information is to be shared for those on a need-to-know basis only? Do you have security responsibilities or supervise those that have security responsibilities? As airport badgeholders, we all have security responsibillities. On those occassions when you become privy to material classified as sensitive security information, you need to know how to properly handle the items. This includes proper safekeeping and disposal methods. Here is a quick reference guide to upholding best practices when dealing with sensitive security information. Take a look and if you are already not doing it, apply these practices starting today.

Revision to the SIDA/Sterile - Credential Application Form (5/2012)

In need of access to the airport's Restricted or Sterile areas? You will need to submit the correct application form. Based on information gained from our customers and that of internal staff, the SIDA/Sterile - Credential Application form has been updated to better present and capture information that helps the applicant and the Authorized Signer in completing the application form. This in turn results in the streamlining of the Security Badging Office data entry process.

The Security Badging Office will continue to accept both the existing and revised version. After June 29, 2012, only the revised version will be accepted.

So take a look at the revised form. It's available to you. SIDA/Sterile- Credential Application form.