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Lawmakers briefed on test run of cargo-handling tools

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reviewing applications for a pilot program that will help cargo handlers implement technologies to protect sea containers from terrorist threats, several port security experts told lawmakers recently. Transportation officials have said they expect to allocate about $28 million in grants later this year for Operation Safe Commerce (OSC), a government and industry partnership that identifies cargo “supply chain” vulnerabilities along particular trade routes. “Operation Safe Commerce is … dedicated to finding methods and technologies to protect commercial shipments from threats of terrorist attack, illegal immigration and other contraband while minimizing the economic impact upon the vital transportation system,” Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department’s undersecretary for border and transportation security, said during a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing last week. Full Story

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