TSA’s Bloated Bureaucracy: House Calls for Much-Needed Reform

Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the state of the Transportation Security Administration 11 years after 9/11. Appearing before the committee, my colleague James Jay Carafano explained:

It is certainly fitting that we pause to reflect on the state of transportation security on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC, but it is even more appropriate that this hearing is taking place during what has been a fairly unremarkable year in terms of transportation security. For it was on a quiet, unremarkable autumn morning that America was attacked. The best way to prevent more days like 9/11 is to spend our unremarkable days preparing—doing what we can to continue to keep this nation safe, free, and prosperous.

Created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was charged with ensuring the security of the nation’s transportation systems and protecting the traveling public. Nearly 11 years later, however, TSA is struggling to both understand and meet its mission.



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