When it comes to background screenings for transit workers, Senator Charles Schumer says Homeland Security officials need to pick up the pace.
Schumer says the department should act on a recommendation the September 11 Commission issued in 2007, which calls for crosschecking all rail and transportation workers with federal terrorist watch lists.
That report also called for checking an employee's immigration status.
Schumer says that although records show such crosschecking will be implemented, counterterrorism officials need to work faster to make it happen.
In May, a Homeland Security report said the agency, "has not urgently prioritized" those background check upgrades.