June 4, 2011
Los Angeles International Airport has become the poster child of a Republican congressman’s drive to increase the use of privately employed airport screeners.
A study released Friday by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee, asserts that government-employed screeners at LAX cost taxpayers nearly $39 million more per year than privately employed screeners working under federal supervision at San Francisco International Airport.
“TSA has become a bloated bureaucracy that is too focused on managing its personnel and protecting its turf,” Mica said. He used the study prepared by his staff to advance his argument that increased use of privately employed screeners would save the government money in an era of high budget deficits.
But Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents thousands of TSA screeners, said Mica’s report was “partisan.”
This article was posted: Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:14 am