TSA: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not actually challenging the lack of cuts -- there will be cuts -- but the administration's bogus claims that cuts necessarily will decrease security and increase wait times ...

    Heritage Foundation: TSA: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    For example, the TSA has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, according to a joint report by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The report showed that:​
    • The TSA has a warehouse in Dallas, Texas, where 5,700 pieces of unused security equipment sit in storage. The dormant equipment is worth $184 million.
    • This equipment storage cost taxpayers another $23 million in depreciation, because nearly all of the 472 carry-on baggage screening machines in the warehouse have been sitting there unused for over nine months.
    • The agency spends another $3.5 million every year just to lease and manage this warehouse.
    The TSA’s personnel numbers arebloated, too. Even though the number of people traveling via air has decreased on net, the TSA has hired more employees, as detailed in this report by the Committee on Homeland Security illustrates.​

    The TSA employs 62,000 people—over 47,000 of which are screeners. About $1.5 billion out of a $3 billion annual budget—yes, half—is consumed by payroll, compensation, and benefits for these screeners. The ratio may be appropriate, because the TSA necessarily employs people to carry out its mission. But, as the Committee report states:​

    A private sector entity in the face of a shrinking customer base usually must downsize. TSA, by contrast, has continually grown its ranks despite fewer travelers, an economic downturn, and purchasing expensive new screening technology.​

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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Don't forget about the secret non-public museum at TSA HQ, where the self-annointed elite can gloat at their rape of Americans.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    If I had any say TSA's budget would be $1.00.
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That's still too high.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Sequestration represents a 2% cut. All wage earners took a 2% cut in wages due to federal taxes. If 2% is good enoughf for us why isn't the same good enough for government?
  6. I can't wait to see if they really snarl the lines. (Not.) I've got a trip to take the kids to see a possibly dying relative coming up in March. Our flight leaves at 8 am, for a 12 hour milk run that stops in both Juneau and Seattle to get to SMF. What a recipe for suckage.
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    We're going to hear all kinds of threats the next few days. Congress will cave and we will go deeper in debt and soon to go bankrupt.
  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    My bet is that you will see more TSA employees chatting casually and doing nothing to make things move any faster.

    And, of course, they will blame the budget cuts instead of the simple fact that TSA employees are lazy and morally bankrupt to begin with.
  9. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    If sequestration goes into effect, it will most likely be implemented as one day less per work week or pay period for the remainder of the fiscal year. That way .gov avoids having to do unemployment for large groups of .gov workers, and it minimizes the impact on the airport operations and the workforce. At least, that is what I would do if this went into effect, and I were King for a day. Of course, I could be completely wrong in that assessment, and it would not be the first nor the last time I would be wrong.

    Edited to add something I forgot.
  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Remember that the feds use baseline budgeting, meaning that they get an 8% annual budget increase each year whether needed or not. Therefore, the 2% means that the increase will be 6% instead of the 8% received in 2012. How many people do you know who would bitch about getting a 6% pay raise and predict that it will result in Armageddon?
  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    There is a thread at the other place linking an interview with the FAA Secretary. One question asking why air traffic would be impacted has Lahood on the ropes. Asked: Why a big impact since flights are down 27% and FAA budget is up 41% since 9/11. Will provide link when I get to a real computer.

    I see Doober posted the link for me, thanks.

    I realize that flights being down 27% does not translate into 27% fewer passengers but it does mean we have fewer air travelers today than we did in years past. TSA's budget and manpower has increased each year and the assigned task has grown smaller.

    I truly believe that a first grader could find enough waste in any federal agencies budget to easily cut 10% out. This isn't about true budget impacts but protecting power bases.

    We are being played by government!
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  12. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  13. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    "TSA: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?"

    There's always room for GTFOO.
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I'm familiar with GTFO and GTFOOD, but not GTFOO. Did you miss a D, or is this really a new one on me?
  15. RB

    RB Founding Member

    You both lost me.
  16. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    GTFO that I am familiar with is "GEt The eff Out", the others are past my catalog as well.
  17. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    GTFOOD: GTFO or die? Either that or "Get food." ...Dammit, where'd I put my breakfast?
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  18. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    This was intended to be a riff on the slogan "There's always room for J-E-L-L-O", that obviously backfired.

    So I'm now going to go sit in the corner and stare at the wall...
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  19. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Don't forget that the TSA infests other venues thousands of times each year in their VIPR shows of force farce. Public transit stations, sporting events, etc.​
  20. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "GTFO (as above) Of Dodge."
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