TSA is one step closer to issuing security regulations for repair stations. The draft notice of proposed rulemkaing has been submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.
Section 611(b)(1) of Vision 100–Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, codified at 49 U.S.C. 44924, required TSA to issue “final regulations to ensure the security of foreign and domestic aircraft repair stations” within 240 days from date of enactment. The deadline for those final regulations was August 8, 2004. TSA did not meet that deadline.
Congress tried to motivate TSA to act on repair station security by setting a new deadline in section 1616 of the 9/11 Commission Act requires that the final rule be issued within one year of the date of enactment. This new deadline was August 3, 2008. TSA did not meet that deadline, either.
But it appears that TSA is finally putting out the long-awaited repair station security rules as a notice. The notice was submitted to the White House office of Management and Budget on August 25 . This means that the proposed repair station rule could be out in December (or even as early as Thanksgiving), although a January release might be more realistic.
You can find status information on the notice of proposed rulemaking on the government’s REGINFO website.