"In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created to help restore confidence in aviation security. Congress provided TSA with the flexibility to set policies and procedures for screening people and goods as they moved through our transportation systems. Unfortunately, that flexibility has been exploited by TSA in recent years. Its operations are in many cases costly, counterintuitive, and poorly executed. Despite the reality that we have not endured another successful terrorist attack since 2001, TSA is failing to meet taxpayers' expectations. This report explores why. During the 112th Congress, the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security launched a thorough examination of TSA's operations, rules, and regulations and their impact on job-creating transportation industry stakeholders. This examination included 22 hearings, 15 Member briefings, 7 site visits, and an in-depth review by the Subcommittee's Majority Members and Staff."
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