The shakeups continue within the top ranks at the embattled Transportation Security Administration, as two senior officials involved in several controversies have left the agency recently.
Embarrassed by exposed security lapses and allegations of misconduct, the TSA now faces mounting pressure from airlines for security delays plaguing a
Internal dysfunction, distraction and distrust have racked the Transportation Security Administration’s senior ranks for years. Current and former officials say an unhealthy culture has been allowed to develop and fester.
Before undercover auditors carrying hidden weapons slipped undetected past security screeners at U.S. airports, the official ultimately responsible for the lapses received cash bonuses and awards that reached nearly $100,000, according to a whistleblower complaint.
The U.S. government has found itself being blasted on aviation security yet again, with a House committee hearing testimony from about glaring security gaps within the Transportation Security Administration.
Lawmakers upbraided the Federal Air Marshal Service at a House oversight committee hearing for a raft of “outrageous and unacceptable” controversies among employees, but praised the director’s efforts to address the problems.
In an unusual move, the Transportation Security Administration has started giving breath alcohol tests to some air marshals before they board assigned flights.
The House’s top oversight committee officially launched its investigation into the TSA with bipartisan support, citing allegations that an employee manipulated air marshals’ flight schedules and could have accessed government databases inappropriately.