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Key Budget Issues Facing the Transportation Security Administration

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The Inspector General testified before the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee regarding TSA’s budget. His key points were:

  • Funding. In order to meet the December deadline for screening all baggage, TSA estimates that, in addition to the $2.4 billion already funded for fiscal year 2002, it will need a supplement of about $4.4 billion.
  • Budget. TSA has not yet fully clarified its budgetary requirements for FY 2002, particularly in the areas of equipment, personnel, and startup contracts.
  • Workforce. TSA's workforce has grown from 30,000 to 40,000 and could exceed 70,000.
  • Control issues. TSA needs to examine opportunities to build in cost efficiencies during its formative stages, such as using part-time screeners, controlling premium pay, and effecting contract oversight.