Hultgren: Time for TSA to Stop Playing Games

From the office of Rep. Randy Hultgren (R, Illinois 14th District)…

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after the Oversight & Government Reform Committee and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee jointly issued a report documenting millions of dollars of waste and ongoing management failures at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“We learned in this week’s committee hearing that the TSA has nearly $200 million in equipment in Dallas, Texas- collecting dust. Worst of all, TSA management tried to hide the equipment inventory from Congressional staff.

“The committees have recommended several courses of action, and I agree: it’s time to freeze new bulk equipment purchases for the TSA unless it can prove a bona fide need. Its whole procurement process must be overhauled and the agency itself should undergo an unclassified audit. While the CIA is uncovering actual terrorist plots, the TSA is playing hide-and-seek with Congress… and with taxpayers’ money.”


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    This is just one example of the rampant waste and corruption within TSA and their propensity for lying to Congress and the American public.

    TSA costs $8 billion a year to screen 680 million passengers. That costs $11.76 per passenger but the 9/11 fee is only $2.50, leaving $9.26 to be paid by taxpayers to fund dangerous scanners and criminal TSA workers.

    Even when they do find something, it is always on the x-ray belts that cost $20,000 and have been in use for 25 years. They have only found two items using scanners have cost $268 million since 2008 and not one weapon by groping passengers.

    They are attempting to use the CIA discovery of a new underwear bomb to justify purchasing even more expensive scanners at $400,000 each even though there is ample evidence that they likely would have missed this.

    After sixty billion dollars over eight years they can't cite one success. In two separate GAO tests in 2011, TSA failed to detect weapons 70% of the time while allowing 60% of the freight in the cargo-hold to go unscreened. How does groping a child make us any safer when the bomb is in the hold?

    TSA has done more damage to our liberty, way of life and morality than Al Qaeda could have ever hoped to do and Pistole has been their willing accomplice.

    Pistole should be prosecuted for his malfeasance.

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