Saturday July 23, 2016

Almost Half Of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited For Misconduct

A recent report from the House Homeland Security Commission states that nearly half of the TSA’s 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. Citations have increased 28.5 percent from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015, the average U.S. airport received 58 complaints each yearآ—more than one a week.

Perhaps even worse? The outcomes of these misconduct allegations. Findings from the six-month-long investigation show that from fiscal year 2013 to 2015, the number of investigations opened and closed decreased by 15 percent and 28 percent, respectively. TSA increased the use of non-disciplinary actions by almost 80 percent, while it decreased the use of disciplinary actions by 14 percent. Put simply, this means the TSA has offered fewer (and lesser) punishments, and has instead sought to treat the misconduct with "more counseling and letters that explain why certain behaviors were not acceptable."