COVID-19 Legislative Action:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. This legislation provided relief to various sectors and agencies directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
- Coast Guard Information Technology (IT) Funding. The Coast Guard received $141 million improve their IT systems and infrastructure as required immediately in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) funding. TSA received $100 million in funding for janitorial operations and other costs related to maintaining operations during the COVID-19 crisis.
- REAL ID Implementation Extension. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the deadline for REAL ID implementation was extended to October 1, 2021.
COVID-19 Oversight Letters:
REAL ID Implementation after COVID-19. On April 20, 2020, Chairman Wicker sent a letter to aviation, security, and travel sector stakeholders to inquire about challenges in meeting the new October 1, 2021, REAL ID implementation deadline and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on implementing the REAL ID Act. Below are responses from stakeholders.
- Response from American Association of Airport Executives
- Response from American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
- Response from National Governors Association
- Response from US Travel Association
- Letter from National Council of State Legislatures
TSA Budget and Response to COVID-19. On May 11, 2020, Chairman Wicker a letter to transportation and travel sector stakeholders requesting feedback regarding President Donald Trump’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the CARES Act, and other legislation impacting TSA operations and programs in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Below are responses from stakeholders.