Decade Later: A Call for TSA Reform, Joint Majority Staff Report, One Hundred and Twelfth Congress, November 16, 2011   [open pdf - 617KB]

"This report is an examination and critical analysis of the development, evolution, and current status and performance of TSA [Transportation Security Administration] ten years after its creation. Since its inception, TSA has lost its focus on transportation security. Instead, it has grown into an enormous, inflexible and distracted bureaucracy, more concerned with human resource management and consolidating power, and acting reactively instead of proactively. As discussed more fully in the Recommendations section on page 18, TSA must realign its responsibilities as a federal regulator and focus on analyzing intelligence, setting screening and security standards based on risk, auditing passenger and baggage screening operations, and ensuring compliance with national screening standards. The purpose of this report is to offer constructive recommendations for the improvement of airport screening operations and transportation security. This review of TSA's performance and current mission has been conducted by Majority investigative staff of the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Oversight and Government Reform. Members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure were responsible for authoring the organic legislation that created TSA, and Members are currently preparing new legislation to reform TSA in accordance with the findings in this report."

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