Coincidentally, or not, according to a note on the DOT Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) website today, the OIG has “re-posted” a redacted version of a February 28, 2003 report of an audit it performed of air carriers’ use of aircraft repair stations. The OIG reviewed security at certain repair stations and discovered security vulnerabilities at repair stations located at commercial and general–aviation airports and off airport property. At that time, the OIG “recommended that TSA conduct risk–based security assessments as a first step in determining the actions needed to address repair–station security.” The version of the audit report posted today has “been redacted by TSA to protect security sensitive information.”
This action seems to me to be not only pointless, but also a waste of taxpayer time and money. After all, it has only been over 6 1/2 years that the un-redacted version of the report has been available to the public. I suspect that if someone wanted to use the “security sensitive information” contained in the original report, he or she would have done so by now. I don’t know about you, but I feel safer. Not.