A summary of the audit’s findings noted the airport’s CCTV vendor acknowledged the lack of a monthly system availability report, even though it is contractually responsible for providing them.
It also says the airport will perform reverse badge audits more often due to a TSA directive.
The audit was completed after Hartsfield-Jackson’s then-general manager Roosevelt Council suggested the city auditor’s office study the airport security office. Council, who led the Atlanta airport from 2016 to 2018, is now the city of Atlanta’s chief financial officer.
The unredacted report will be presented next week to the Atlanta City Council’s transportation committee, which oversees the airport. Discussion of sensitive security information will be in executive session, according to City Auditor Amanda Noble.
That could include security measures, directives, programs and contingency plans; and other information from threats to research and development.
The airport said it could not respond to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the study’s findings because portions of the report cannot be made public. It noted the airport’s security office received a perfect score from a recent Transportation Security Administration audit.
“We are confident that ATL offers a safe and secure environment for its millions of passengers and thousands of employees," the airport said in a written statement.
One of the issues studied by the auditor was long wait times for employees going through screening for security badges, as previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The airport last year was trying to improve the process and said it is now using procedures for social distancing that have also reduced wait times.