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Inspection of Persons and Personal Effects on NASA Property

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AGENCY:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION:

Interim rule with request for comments.

SUMMARY:

NASA is amending 14 CFR part 1204 by revising Subpart 10, “Inspection of Persons and Personal Effects on NASA Property.” This revision updates the subpart consistent with current Federal policy and NASA practice. It prohibits certain conduct on NASA installations. Accordingly, Subpart 10 of 14 CFR part 1204 has also been retitled, “Conduct or Trespass, and Inspection of Persons and Personal Effects.”

DATES:

Effective Date: This rule is effective May 18, 2000.

Comment Date: Comments due on or before March 20, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments to NASA Security Management Office, Code JS, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mark R.J. Borsi, 202-358-2457.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This action revises Subpart 10 of 14 CFR part 1204 to update the regulation consistent with current Federal policy and Agency practice. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has determined that:

1. This rule is not subject to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, since it will not exert a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

2. This rule is not a major rule as defined in Executive Order 12866.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 1204

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For reasons set out in the Preamble,

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PART 1204—ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY AND POLICY

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Subpart 10—Conduct or Trespass, and Inspection of Persons and Personal Effects
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Scope of subpart.
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Policy.
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Responsibility.
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Procedures.
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Trespass.
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Unauthorized introduction of firearms or weapons, explosives, or other dangerous materials.
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Violations.

Subpart 10—Conduct or Trespass, and Inspection of Persons and Personal Effects

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2455.

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Scope of subpart.

This subpart establishes NASA policy and prescribes minimum procedures concerning the inspection of persons and property in their possession while entering, or on, or exiting NASA real property or installations (including NASA Headquarters, Centers, or Component Facilities). In addition, it prohibits unauthorized entry and proscribes conduct at any NASA installation.

Policy.

In the interest of national security, NASA will provide appropriate and adequate protection or security for personnel, property, installations (including NASA Headquarters, Centers, and Component Facilities), and information in its possession or custody. In furtherance of this policy, NASA reserves the right to conduct an inspection of any person, including any property in the person's possession or control, as a condition of admission to, continued presence on, or exiting from, any NASA installation.

Responsibility.

The NASA Center Directors and the Associate Administrator for Headquarters Operations are responsible for implementing the provisions of this subpart. In implementing this subpart, these officials will coordinate their action with appropriate officials of other affected agencies.

Procedures.

(a) All entrances to NASA real property or installations (including NASA Headquarters, Centers, or Component Facilities) will be conspicuously posted with the following notice:

Entry into, continued presence on, or exiting from, this real property, facility, or installation is contigent upon your consent to inspection of your person, and property in your possession or under your control.

Unauthorized carrying, transporting, or otherwise introducing or causing to be introduced, or using firearms or other dangerous weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices, or other dangerous instrument, substance, or material likely to produce substantial injury or damage to persons or property, into or upon this real property, facility, or installation, is prohibited.

(b) Only NASA security personnel or members of the installation's uniformed security force will conduct inspections pursuant to this subpart. Such inspections will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the Director, Security Management Office, NASA Headquarters.

(c) If an individual does not consent to an inspection, it will not be conducted, but the individual will be denied admission to, or be escorted off the installation.

(d) If, during an inspection, an individual is found to be in unauthorized possession of items believed to represent a threat to the safety or security of the installation, the individual will be denied admission to or be escorted off the installation, and appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified immediately.

(e) If, during an inspection conducted pursuant to this subpart, an individual is in possession of U.S. Government property without proper authorization, that person will be required to relinquish the property to the security representative pending proper authorization for the possession of the property or its removal from the installation. The individual relinquishing the property will be provided with a receipt for the property.

Trespass.

Unauthorized entry upon any NASA real property or installation is prohibited.

Unauthorized introduction of firearms or weapons, explosives, or other dangerous materials.

(a) The unauthorized carrying, transporting, or otherwise introducing or causing to be introduced, or using firearms or other dangerous weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices, or other dangerous instrument, substance, or material likely to produce substantial injury or damage to persons or property, into or upon NASA real property, facility, or installation, is prohibited.

(b) paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply to:

(1) The lawful performance of official duties by an officer, agent, or employee of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision thereof, or NASA contractor, who is authorized to carry firearms or other material covered by paragrapy (a) of this section.

(2) The lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons at or on a NASA installation after written prior approval has been obtained from the installation Security Office in connection with sanctioned hunting, range practice, or other lawful purpose.

Violations.

We will enforce violation as provided in Title 18 United States Code (U.S.C), Section 799 which states that whoever willfully shall violate, attempt to violate, or conspire to violate any regulation or order promulgated by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the protection or security of any laboratory, station, base, or other facility, or part thereof, or any aircraft, missile, spacecraft, or similar vehicle, or part thereof, or other property or equipment in the custody of the Administration [NASA], or any real or personal property or equipment in the custody of any contractor under any contract with the Administration or any subcontractor of any such contractor, shall be fined under this title [Title 18], Start Printed Page 2867or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

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Daniel S. Goldin,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 00-1126 Filed 1-18-00; 8:45 am]

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