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TSA Wastes Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars

May 11, 2012 by  

TSA Wastes Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars
The Transportation Security Administration keeps millions of dollars of equipment in storage.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has set off alarms at the Capitol. A Congressional report issued on Wednesday reveals that TSA has been groping taxpayer dollars.

The officials of the agency have taken the buy-in-bulk mentality to new levels. The report shows that TSA has procured millions of dollars of unnecessary equipment in order to get a discount.

TSA has been buying its equipment in bulk and then putting it in storage, where it takes up space and depreciates.

The report states: “TSA is wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by inefficiently deploying screening equipment and technology to commercial airports.”

The report continues:

Committee staff discovered that 85% of the approximately 5,700 major transportation security equipment currently warehoused at the TLC had been stored for longer than six months; 35% of the equipment had been stored for more than one year. One piece of equipment had been in storage more than six years – 60% of its useful life.

As of February 2012, Committee staff discovered that TSA had 472 Advanced Technology 2 (AT2) carry-on baggage screening machines at the TLC and that more than 99% have remained in storage for more than nine months; 34% of AT2s have been stored for longer than one year.

Committee staff estimate that the delayed deployment of TSA’s state-of-the-art screening technologies has resulted in a massive depreciated loss of equipment utility at an estimated cost to taxpayers of nearly $23 million.

But the TSA believes the practice has made Americans safer.

“To fulfill its security responsibilities, TSA rapidly deploys technology to respond to changing threat information, and stand up operations in locations affected by natural disasters and other crises,” TSA spokesperson Sterling Payne said in defense of the agency. “These factors and others require the agency to have a steady inventory of technology available to prevent supply disruptions from compromising aviation security.”

The report recommends that TSA “halt all equipment procurement unless there is a bona fide need.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Vigilant

    One has to wonder what amount of taxpayer dollars are wasted by forever generating Congressional reports, GAO reports, Inspector General reports, etc., that are never acted upon.

    Hundreds of billions in fraud, waste and abuse have been identified in military procurement, medicare and medicaid, GAO, etc., over the years, but when do you ever hear of anything being done about it?

    It would be nice if the watchdog agencies in government had the teeth to enforce their recommendations, but reports just end up being filed in some politician’s office after the requisite lip service. You never hear about it again.

    • Centurion

      This is not “waste and abuse” in the usual sense. This is planning and caching of resources for the expansion of the TSA to monitor every aspect of our lives. Think about it. Before Desert Storm, we amassed troops, equipment, bullets and beans to make sure that we had a ready supply line before we attacked. This is the same sort of preparation. They have already flown the trial balloons by creating interstate highway traffic checkpoints, screening train and bus passengers and the like. Notice the spokesperson’s reference to “stand up operations” following natural disasters and other crises. They have to have a ready supply before they trot out the next assault on our rights. Interesting that this comes to light following the information about 450 million rounds of ammunition and a 7,000% increase in survival meals stocked and waiting for some sort of emergency. I wonder what sort of emergency they are planning.

      • Centurion

        BTW, concerning 450 million rounds. If the same ratio of bullets to kills experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan is used (250 bullets : 1 Kill, accounts for auto fire, multiple hits/shooters, practice and inaccuracy) someone is planning to kill about 1.8 million people here at home. Why else order 1.5 bullets per person in the population? Say anything you want about the gubmint, but they do predictably plan ahead.

  • Dee

    So what’s new? Every one in this government is corrupt and is wasting taxpayers money.

  • Scott in SC

    FYI – Gary Johnson will be on Washington Journal (C-span 1) at 8:30 this morning.

  • eddie47d

    I bet everyone here who goes to Costco or Sam’s buy far more than they really need because of the good deals. They think they are saving money but sometimes that extra bulk goes to waste. There is some crony capitalist who offers the government a good deal and the procurement officer think they are saving the taxpayer money by buying in bulk. Well that isn’t always true and nothing more than misplaced human thinking. More isn’t always better.

    • Nancy in Nebraska

      eddie47d, when I go to Sams, I have to decide whether I can afford the good deal right now. I also take into account how long the product will stay good. Then I determine if the product goes bad before I can use it all up, am I still saving money. Sometimes the answer is yes. If not, I buy a smaller quantity at the grocery store. I don’t have the luxury of spending other people’s money. My purchases are made with thought and due consideration. Unfortunately government doesn’t operate the way that people do. They might as well be using monopoly money!

    • Les

      Buying 24 rolls of toilet paper is not the same thing as taking MY money and blowing 100s of millions of dollars making your friends filthy stinking rich. What the government does with money it pilfers from the taxpayers to is called Fraud, Waste, Abuse, Mismanagement and Malfeasance! But it’s ok since according to people like Greenspan, all we have to do is print more money. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results. Flushing the country down the same drain as OUR money.

      • eddie47d

        It was a metaphor Les and had little to do with the dollar amount.

  • Nancy in Nebraska

    What’s $23 million? $23 million here, $23 million there. What difference does it make? It’s other people’s money, right? This is one perfect example of why we are in such economic trouble now. They just don’t get it! But don’t worry! The government can just print some more money. Then everything will be ok, right? I read that the government was worried and was preparing for a civil war. I think they should be worrying about a revolution! Throw them ALL out!

    • Les

      A civil war is a revolution. The management of the federal government is trying to start one they can contain before our money implodes and the police and soldiers are on the front lines fight them instead of us. I’m stocking up on popcorn so I can sit back and watch the country implode when our monopoly money becomes worthless. The planet is dialing off the dollar. We import everything and make nothing but managers & deep thinkers. Very few people actually want to learn a real skill that requires muscle & brains. Rome is burning and the Fed is fiddling….

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        A civil war is a war between factions of citizens. A revolution is the overthrow of a government.

      • David169

        Actually, I think you are both right. I think we will have a revolution against our corrupt and wasteful government who does not care what the people want. Many of the writers here believe it will be like the French Revolution in which the people did not fight they simply executed all the nobility and corrupt politicians. I can see the people going after all the political elite who believe they are above the law. Homeland Security is just one of the many corrupt and wasteful government agencies that need to be abolished and for them it would be a civil war.

    • Cliffystones

      I just had an idea based on your comment. That 23 milllion would pay off quite a few mortgages. While I cringe at the idea of bailing out homeowners who are upside down, they’re using our tax money to bail out every other “too big to fail” business. So why not use a chunk of that cash to pay off every mortgage in the US that belongs to anyone who has consistently had a credit score of 700 or more. For once reward those who have lived within their means instead of the irresponsible financial morons!

  • Edward Frye

    The TSA needs to be Abolished they have overserved their purpose and are only causing decent!

  • Scott in SC

    I would like to know who are they major stockholders/ stakeholders of the companies providing this equipment. If you want to get to the root of the problem, follow the money.

  • s c

    First, I’d like to hear any resident utopian explain how an 18 month-old little girl can be the focus of a twisted mentality that says she needed to be “looked at” because she has the same name as a no-fly terorist. Can you say NO EXCUSE?
    When it comes to TSA and other Big Gubmint FAILURES, what is typically found is fraud, waste, incompetence and NO reason to do anything right. THAT is how Big Gubmint is properly defined in Amerika, folks.
    Bring our military HOME. It, unlike ‘Excuses’ Holder, will DO THE JOB. Our military is already TRAINED for such activities. They get things DONE. They DON’T try to get away with perverted or incompetent behavior. Bring our military HOME.

  • Doc

    TSA officials are gone wild and think they are above the law. They’ve hired more Perverts to the TSA then any other Government Organization… I quit flying with all the news about TSA groping a 4 year Old Girl, and worse. If I was there and saw it or if it were my child I’d beat the living sh– outta that official… Government needs to put the reins on TSA and completely revamp that New Organization…

  • Lpoking up 4help

    What do you suppose would happen if every American claimed 20 deductions on their W-2′s for a year? Hmmm. No money coming in, no money being spent, lay offs in government positions… Perhaps? Is 20 deductions enough to stop the flow? Why are our ELELECTED officials unable to stop the fraud? Face it people, we are no better than our enemies.


  • http://none Ridge Runner

    Just think abou this. Don’t you think a lot of this over buying is carted off to these beaurorat homes for their own use if it is something they can use at home as well to grease the palms of their frends they are buying from.Have you ever heard the phrase you scratch my back and i will scratch yours.I don’t think you can get two people to gather in washington dc in the back room deals with out corruption.

  • Sondra

    “United we sand, divided we fall” Until we all stand together & demand the TEMPORARY HIRED HELP in Our capitols obey the law, our Constitution, nothing will change. “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors” – Plato

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