Inspector General Cites TSA Failures in 2010 Baggage Screening

Inspector General Cites TSA Failures in 2010 Baggage Screening

U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents failed to properly screen baggage at Honolulu airport in 2010 partly because of poor supervision and ineffective screening procedures, according to a report released Oct. 9 by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security.

House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight Committee’s National Security subcommittee, requested the report in June 2011, after 48 agents were accused of improperly screening baggage between September and December of the 2010.

The report says security breaches may have extended beyond the specified months but TSA has worked to clarify rules and improve supervisor responsibility. TSA agreed with the recommendations, but the IG said the agency still needs to better document screening procedures and develop performance metrics that include more supervision of baggage screening.

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (Archive on Monday, January 1, 0001)
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