15% of the Ft. Myers airport TSA workforce were disciplined for failing to actually do screenings they were supposed to perform. Only five were actually fired.
Now the TSA is now firing 7 Philadelphia employees involved in a bribery scandal where a supervisor demanded money for passing grades on an annual proficiency exam.
TSA management at the Philadelphia airport removed 10 employees from security duties in November pending results of an investigation of bribery by the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General.
So it took them 7 months to actually decide to fire these individuals. Instead of, you know, just firing them.
That’s not how it works at my place of employment… I certainly wouldn’t be paid for seven months ‘pending results of an investigation’ of my paying bribes to have my proficiency results falsified, or taking bribes to falsify others’ results.
And to the extent that this was occurring, it means that TSA screeners were on the job despite their inability to pass proficiency exams (but for their ability to falsify results).
And yet somehow,
“The decision to remove these employees affirms our strong commitment to our vital security mission and the safety of the traveling public.”
Rather than suggesting that either the TSA itself is unrelated to security, or the presence of these TSA agents on the job re-affirms that they aren’t providing competent security.
Meanwhile, one member of Congress expresses his concern about the situation while “appreciat[ing] TSA taking decisive action and making clear that such behavior will not be tolerated..”
Still, we should remember this represents a few bad apples who in no way undermine the hard work that thousands of men and women at the TSA do to keep us safe, day in and day out.
(HT: rwoman on Milepoint)