Examining TSA's Cadre of Criminal Investigators: Hearing Before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, January 28, 2014   [open pdf - 406KB]

This is the testimony compilation from the January 28, 2014 hearing on "Examining TSA's Cadre of Criminal Investigators" held before the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security. From the opening statement of Richard Hudson: "I would first like to thank our witnesses, not only for being here today, but also for their public service. I appreciate their willingness to come forward and work on ways to solve the difficult issues the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] faces. The problem before us today is not a new one, and can in fact be traced back to the legislation that created the Transportation Security Administration, two months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, or ATSA, gave TSA sweeping authorities to, among other things, create its own employee classification system, rather than adhere to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) system like the vast majority of other federal agencies. At the time, Congress determined it was best to align TSA with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which also has its own employee classification system, separate and apart from OPM. Today, TSA has 20% more employees than FAA, and we continue to see significant challenges with the size and scope of TSA's workforce -- challenges that are likely exacerbated by TSA's exemption from OPM's system. Today's hearing is an opportunity to examine one glaring example of the problem." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard Hudson, Karen Shelton Waters, and Anne Richards.

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