Reform and Improvement: Assessing the Path Forward for the Transportation Security Administration, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 8, 2015   [open pdf - 732KB]

This is a testimony compilation for the October 8, 2015 hearing "Reform and Improvement: Assessing the Path Forward for the Transportation Security Administration," held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman John Katko: "Inspector General Roth, your office has conducted over one hundred audits identifying major security vulnerabilities and organizational challenges throughout TSA [Transportation Security Administration], including the most recent reports that found that TSA's passenger screening was allegedly wrong 96% of the time, and that seventy-three aviation workers had potential ties to terrorism. These figures are startling and shatter public confidence. I look forward to hearing from you today what systemic problems you have identified and what needs to be done to help TSA address these challenges. What is most unfortunate is that these startling findings, by both your office and the Government Accountability Office, are not isolated instances; many of these vulnerabilities have been identified and known for years, and unfortunately, prior to this year, the previous leadership within both TSA and DHS did not take steps to address these known security vulnerabilities. However, the purpose of today's hearing is not to look backwards. With new leadership, Administrator Neffenger, you have an opportunity to address these challenges head on, and lead TSA on a different path. In our discussions, you have been frank, straightforward and sincere. I have full confidence that you are tackling TSA's challenges with an open mind, and I look forward to hearing from you today about how we can work together to ensure TSA fulfills its critical mission." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Roth and Peter Neffenger.

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