Mica: TSA 'cooked the books' to inflate screening costs
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Mica: TSA ‘cooked the books’ to inflate screening costs

Mica: TSA ‘cooked the books’ to inflate screening costs

By Ramsey Cox – 07/01/13

Seal of the Transportation Security Administra...

Seal of the Transportation Security Administration, briefly used after the agency had transferred to the Department of Homeland Security but before the DHS came out with its own seal, which thereafter applied to all child agencies. It is basically the earlier seal with the department name changed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said Monday that the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has “cooked the books” to inflate its operations costs.

“It has once again been confirmed that the agency has cooked the books and inflated the cost of private screening under federal supervision as opposed to the cost of operating all federal screening,” Mica said. “TSA has done everything possible to maintain its bloated administrative bureaucracy.”

 

Mica’s comments were a response to a report Monday from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that Mica said showed that the TSA’s cost analysis for the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) is “flawed.”

Mica said the TSA incorrectly inflated the cost of private screening operations, by more than $420,000 in one case.

“This is outrageous,” Mica said. “In this case, TSA’s blatant disregard for private-federal screening has unfairly resulted in a 7 percent increase in the cost of private screening operations compared to federal screening.”

Mica said the security agency has also “wasted” taxpayer dollars by over hiring. It has 66,000 employees, including 15,000 administrators and 51,000 screeners.

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