TSA promises reform in wake of misconduct cases

TSA promises reform in wake of misconduct cases

The Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday promised Congress to establish a process for verifying staff compliance at airports in response to a watchdog report revealing a 26 percent increase in annual Transportation Security Administration misconduct cases over two years.

The General Accountability Office’s report reviewed 9,600 cases of employee misconduct from 2010 to 2012 and found that half were regarding attendance and leave, and screening and security.

“If we can prove that an individual is intentionally subjugating the security system and we can prove it immediately, they’re out the door,” John Halinski, TSA’s deputy administrator, told members of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “What happens if we can’t immediately prove it is, we give them the due diligence any American is able to get through a process, we run an investigation.”

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