Is TSA Effectively Procuring, Deploying, & Storing Billions of $ in Aviation Security Equipment?

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  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    For Immediate Release Contact: Justin Harclerode (Transportation) (202) 226-8767
    May 8, 2012 Jeff Solsby (Oversight) (202) 225-0037

    Media Advisory

    Is TSA Effectively Procuring, Deploying, & Storing Billions of Dollars in Aviation Security Equipment?

    Washington, DC – The effectiveness of Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) procurement, deployment and storage of aviation security equipment and technologies will be the focus of a joint hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday.

    TSA is required by law to prescribe standards and regulations necessary to screen all passengers and property traveling from and within the United States by commercial aircraft. TSA’s constant acquisition and deployment of new technologies and equipment, including AIT, Explosive Trace Detectors, Explosive Detection Systems, metal detectors and other security related equipment, represents billions of dollars in costs to the taxpayer and air traveler.

    Despite the importance of effective procurement and deployment to prevent wasting taxpayer dollars, various reports, studies, and independent testimony have suggested that TSA continues to face challenges in implementing successful and cost-effective security measures.

    This hearing will be led by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL). Both committees have focused on the need for significant TSA reform to improve transportation security and eliminate the waste of taxpayers’ money on ineffective or poorly implemented programs. More information about Wednesday’s hearing is available here.

    WHAT: Joint hearing of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
    “TSA Oversight Part IV: Is TSA Effectively Procuring, Deploying, and Storing Aviation Security Equipment and Technology?”

    WHEN: 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

    · David R. Nicholson, Assistant Administrator for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Transportation Security Administration
    · Charles K. Edwards, Acting Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security
    · Stephen M. Lord, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Director, Homeland Security

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  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  4. Al Coholic

    Al Coholic Member

    I am ambivalent on this story. On one hand, all that stuff is sitting where it can do little harm. On the other, it's my money that was spent on it. Time to cut the losses, I guess.
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Maybe the :trash: is finally about to hit the fan big time for TSA ...

    The Inquisitr: TSA Tried To Hide $184 Million Of Non-Used Equipment From Lawmakers

  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The Hill: GOP hammers TSA for idle equipment

  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    NBC DFW: Congress: TSA Covered Up Millions in Misspending: North Texas warehouse at center of probe

  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    An interesting side note on this story is that TSA attempted to sneak some of this stuff out of the warehouse in the early morning hours before Congressional investigators were to arrive for their inspection of the warehouse and its contents. It seems some senior TSA staffers directed that the equipment be removed and hidden from the investigators. During questioning it appears that the DHS/TSA OIG was aware or part of the attempt to mislead Congress.

    So if we complain to the DHS/TSA watchdogs, OIG, just what good will that do if the OIG is as corrupt as DHS/TSA?

    edit to add: seems TSA tried to spirit 1300 pieces of equipment out of the Grapevine Texas warehouse in attempt to mislead congressional investigators. This info is in the Congressional report.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's about time!!!

    Federal News Radio: Congressional committee considers criminal referral for TSA

    The coverup:

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  10. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Hmm, curiosity killed the cat as I had a hunch and made a inquiry. That "warehouse" is a secure facility and stores inventory for many govt agencies in North Texas and its tightly controlled. They know down to the band-aid stored and which level on which rack its on. Someone gonna need the Aloe + E baby wipes as BOHICA.
  11. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    And Pistole's silence continues.
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  13. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I'm glad criminal charges are being considered.

    Many of the things the TSA has done are wrong. It's time TSA employees were charged with something.

    Waste, fraud and abuse on the TSA's scale should be counted as treason.

    Here's a comment posted at a news site:

    Chertoff covered his tracks legally, because his little cush job with supplier didn't have anything to do with the scammers. We all know it was quid pro quo, but that's not provable. Still, I'm darned glad I'm not the only one who sees this.
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  14. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Left a comment calling for Pistole's prosecution,......... as usual.
  15. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I left a comment, too. But apparently the site is moderated so don't know if it will post.

    Oh, it just did. But the site's formatting sucks. It obliterated all the paragraph breaks, as it did for Fisher's comment, too.
  16. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Being reported this morning is a second warehouse in Coppell.

    Just how many millions of dollars of equipment does TSA have stashed?
  17. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    At TSA News:

    Did TSA lie to Congress?
    by LISA SIMEONE on MAY 10, 2012
  18. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The real question should be: Does TSA ever tell the TRUTH?
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  19. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Drums are getting louder. They're coming...they're coming. Time to add another cartridge to your .38, John, and give it a whirl.
    Jail time is jail time, sweet!!!!
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  20. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    He has a law degree - he knows when to shut up. If he ends up facing criminal charges anything he says will be used in court.
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