Watchdog: TSA ‘cooked’ data on airport security

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TSA ‘cooked’ data on airport security

The Transportation Security Administration “cooked the books” to understate the costs of using federal workers rather than private contractors to screen airport passengers, a key TSA critic in Congress charged Wednesday.

Federal auditors found the agency erred in its cost comparisons, and a skeptical lawmaker said TSA did so to stop the use of private contractors to do screening — an option Congress wrote into the 2001 law that created the agency.

Sixteen airports throughout the country use private screeners under the Security Partnership Program (SPP), but TSA has barred other airports from joining the program.

In a letter to Congress released Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said TSA’s new estimates show that private screeners are just 3 percent more expensive than federal workers – not 17 percent, as the agency previously had stated.

Auditors said that earlier TSA estimates had not accounted for the costs of workers compensation, liability insurance, retirement benefits and administrative overhead involved in using federal employees.

TSA cooked the books to try to eliminate the federal-private screening program,” said Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “GAO found that TSA ignored critical data relating to costs.”

Mr. Mica said the revised 3 percent cost difference is likely still too high because it does not take into account “the full cost of TSA’s bloated and unnecessary bureaucratic overhead.”

The GAO found that TSA’s
methods for comparing the cost and performance of private and federal
screeners had improved since the auditors’ last report in January 2009,
but it is still lacking in important respects.

The flaws “reduced
the reliability” of the agency’s cost estimates “by increasing the costs
for private-contractor screeners relative to federal screeners,” the
auditors wrote.

Mr. Mica
said he thinks that if all the costs are tallied fairly, private
screeners would prove at least as effective and cheaper than their
federal counterparts.

Washington Times

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House Republicans Win Early Battle Over Net-Neutrality Rules

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One thing this article forgets to tell you is  that an Appeals
Court in April 2010 ruled that  the Federal Communications Commission
lacks the authority to force Internet service providers to keep their
networks open to all forms of content.
,but once again Obama and the FCC ignore the law. That is getting to be a habit of this administration, i.e. judge rules against deep sea drilling moratorium,judge rules against Obamcare saying it’s unconstitutional,letting EPA carry out Cap & Trade since he can’t get the treaty approved in the Senate even tho Obama has been told the EPA doesn’t have the authority and most recently refusing to defend DOMA which is law. So you  see this administration is teetering on being lawless.

House Republicans Win Early Battle Over Net-Neutrality Rules

House Republicans took the first step toward blocking the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to assert authority over Internet lines Wednesday, advancing one of several policy disputes GOP lawmakers have with the Obama administration.

On a 15-8 partisan vote, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved a measure to toss out new FCC “net neutrality” rules which would prohibit Internet providers from deliberately blocking legal websites or Internet services.

The agency approved the rules in December. It applied fewer rules on wireless broadband networks and required Internet providers to offer more information to subscribers about their service, such as actual download speeds. House Republicans have also proposed cutting FCC funding to prevent the agency from enforcing the rules in the continuing resolution budget proposal.

The measure now awaits a full Energy and Commerce Committee vote that has yet to be scheduled. It is unlikely that the Republican effort will succeed since it would require the approval of President Barack Obama, who has supported the FCC’s new rules. But Republican lawmakers and conservative activists have targeted the FCC rules as part of a broader attack on the administration’s approach to regulation.

“The Internet works pretty well, it’s the government that doesn’t,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R., Ore.), chairman of the communications and technology subcommittee, during a hearing Wednesday. “There is no crisis warranting the FCC’s deviation from our historical hands-off approach.”
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