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Hearing Hearing Date: May 12, 2016 9:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

Examining Management Practices and Misconduct at TSA: Part II

Examining Management Practices and Misconduct at TSA: Part II
May 12, 2016
9:00 am
2154 Rayburn HOB


  • High attrition rates at the agency are contributing to longer wait times and other operational challenges at airports around the country. In 2014, TSA lost 4,644 employees while only hiring 373 individuals.
  • Administrator Neffenger acknowledged the need to improve discipline for misconduct within the agency.
  • Senior TSA officials wasted millions of dollars on involuntary directed reassignments as a means of retaliating against whistleblowers and disfavored employees.
  • Administrator Neffenger testified that previous directed reassignments were “not an appropriate use” of the practice. However, senior officials are not being held accountable for their role in issuing directed reassignments.
  • Bonuses, awards, and other forms of compensations were granted to senior TSA officials despite mismanagement and poor results. Lack of accountability at a senior level damages morale agency wide.


  • To examine systemic management and leadership challenges facing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the toll it takes on their workforce.
  • To hear from TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) John Roth on plans and actions to address the challenges.



Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT): “Why not check TSA employees as they go in and out? Pilots are checked… why not check each person?… You have to keep security at the highest level.”

 Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ): “In your opinion was this [reassigning whistleblowers] an appropriate use of directed reassignment and if so, what’s your justification?”

Administrator Peter Neffenger: “In my opinion, it was not an appropriate use of directed reassignments and that’s why I changed the policy.”

 Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): “That testimony is very troubling to me, because what I’m not going to tolerate is retaliation on whistleblowers and that’s what it looks like to me.”

Witnesses and testimonies: Mr. Peter Neffenger

Transportation Security Administration


Mr. John Roth

Inspector General
Department of Homeland Security


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