Hearing Advisory: Duncan and Hudson to Examine TSA Integrity Challenges at Joint Subcommittee Hearing
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417
Washington, D.C. –The House Homeland Security Committee will conduct the following hearing tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY, July 31 at 10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency and
Subcommittee on Transportation Security
TSA Integrity Challenges: Examining Misconduct by Airport Security Personnel
311 Cannon House Office Building
· Mr. John Halinski, Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
· Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, U.S. Government Accountability Office
· Ms. Deborah Outten-Mills, Acting Assistant Inspector General for Inspections, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, on the hearing: “TSA touts ‘integrity’ as one of its core values. Yet, a soon-to-be released GAO report raises troubling concerns about misconduct at our nation’s airports. The report’s findings show that TSA plays fast and loose with its use of recommended penalties for misconduct. When it comes to sleeping on duty, TSA is more likely to give a slap on the wrist through a reprimand letter than the standard penalty of suspension or termination. Despite promises of harsh punishments for stealing, some TSA officers keep their jobs and are let off with a letter. These findings show why many Americans have lost respect for the agency protecting our airports. TSA has already been publicly scrutinized for its behavior and treatment of the American public, and when Americans hear about ethical misconduct from TSA employees, whether it be theft, neglect of duty, or even abusive language, it makes the problem even worse. Our citizens deserve to be treated with the highest level of respect and professionalism, and TSA’s actions have called that into question. I look forward to examining the GAO report in depth and hearing from TSA on its plans to regain the confidence of the American people.”
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security, on the hearing: “TSA has the important responsibility of securing our nation's aviation systems against terrorism. Unfortunately, its image with the American public has been tarnished by cases of theft, harassment, and other misconduct among its employees. While these instances do not represent the majority of TSA employees, they have a direct impact on TSA's relationship with travelers and the overall screening environment. This hearing will provide the opportunity to hear from TSA and GAO about what steps can be taken to reduce employee misconduct, improve consistency in how these cases are handled, and identify new opportunities to promote integrity and professionalism within the TSA workforce.”
*LIVE video of the hearing will be available HERE.