A Transportation Security Administration official from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be on the hot seat Tuesday in Washington, testifying in front of Congress on the agency's failures and weaknesses. Rebecca Roering revealed weaknesses within the TSA Pre-Check program and was threatened with a suspension as a result. The suspension was later blocked by a government agency that protects whistleblowers.
"TSA is handing out Pre-Check status like Halloween candy," she said at the hearing.
In response to Roering, TSA issued a statement: "In cooperation with the Office of Special Counsel, TSA has agreed to stay any disciplinary action while OSC conducts its investigation."
Lawmakers are calling for major changes to the TSA, and the Senate Homeland Security Committee held the hearing Tuesday morning.
Report: TSA failed to ID 73 workers ‘linked to terrorism'
A June 4 Inspector General Report shows the TSA failed to identify 73 airport workers who have links to terrorism. Those employees were able to get security clearances, giving them access to secure areas of commercial airports throughout the United States. The 73 airport employees were working for major airlines, airport vendors and other employers.
The TSA later made this statement on the 73 airport workers nationwide identified with terror ties:
"All aviation security workers are vetted against the terrorist watchlist. As a separate matter, TSA together with the interagency, continues to work to incorporate other data sources in its vetting procedures where appropriate, consistent with the finding by the DHS Inspector General. TSA concurs with all six DHS OIG recommendations."
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