Transportation Security Administration's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 2, 2016   [open pdf - 322KB]

This is the March 2, 2016 hearing on "Transportation Security Administration's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request," held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of John Katko: "The Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security, will come to order. The subcommittee is meeting today to determine and examine the fiscal year 2017 budget of the Transportation Security Administration. I now recognize myself for an opening statement. Terrorists remain committed to attacking the West, and every day these groups are recruiting new soldiers to their cause. As 9/11 fades from the memory of many Americans, it is incumbent upon Congress to look at tragic recent events and recognize just how committed our adversaries remain to attacking us. The harsh reality is that there are formidable new threats to the safety and security of the traveling public, and it is incumbent upon this committee to ensure that the Transportation Security Administration has the resources it needs to protect the American people against those threats and that it spends those resources in an appropriate manner. At the very beginning of my tenure at Chairman last year, we witnessed a marked increase in the public visibility of access control and employee vetting gaps at airports across the country with the revelation that aviation workers were involved in weapons and drug smuggling, and abusing their access to secure and sterile areas of airports. Then, in June, we learned of disturbing covert testing results from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general on the effectiveness of passenger screening checkpoints. Further, we saw tragedy with the downing of a Metrojet flight over the Sinai Peninsula which by most accounts was caused by a bomb likely planted by ISIS." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Peter V. Neffenger.

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