By Ramsey Cox – 07/01/13
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.