Transportation Security Administration's Screening of Airline Pilots: Sound Security Practice or Waste of Scarce Resources: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, May 13, 2005 [open pdf - 331KB]
From the opening statement of Dan Lungren: "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony on TSA's screening of commercial airline pilots. The purpose of this hearing is to examine whether the screening of airline pilots at airport security checkpoints is an appropriate use of scarce Transportation Security Administration resources… There is no doubt that airline passenger screening continues to be the most visible and most problematic activity of TSA. I am informed that since September 11, the Federal Government has spent over $13 billion on this function, with the President calling for another $3.9 billion in the fiscal year 2006 budget. Unfortunately, according to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, in the 2--1/2 years since the Federal Government took over passenger screening, screening performance has not necessarily improved. I believe that Americans are willing to shoulder necessary burdens to ensure the security of the flying public; however, we should make sure that TSA is not using precious taxpayer resources in an unwise fashion." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Christopher Cox, Peter A. DeFazio, Norm Dicks, Debra Burlingame, Duane Woerth, and Candace Kolander.
Serial No. 109-13
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