Leading congressmen want to know how much the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spends storing $135 million worth of unused furniture and security equipment in warehouses across the country.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and HOGR Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets Chairman Rep. John Micah, a Florida Republican, asked TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger in a letter Thursday to describe the assets TSA is storing in government and third-party warehouses and how much TSA pays to keep them there.
The congressmen also asked how long TSA has stored each of its 5,784 assets in Virginia, New Jersey and Texas warehouses, and what policy TSA uses to manage and purge its property. TSA planned in March to purge 311 items worth $29 million, according to the letter. (REPORT: TSA Is Actually Making Airports Less Safe)
The Chaffetz-Mica letter is the latest instance of the oversight committee’s continuing interest in the management culture at TSA.
The panel has scrutinized through hearings and document requests TSA’s compensation records and found both a surplus of hefty bonuses for TSA officials and a culture of whistleblower intimidation. The agency also appears to have low morale among its employees as the Partnership for Public Service ranked TSA one of the worst places to work in the federal government in 2015 — 313 out of 320 agency subcomponents.
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