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Mica, Issa, Chaffetz and Democrats Grill TSA at Hearing

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman John L. Mica (Winter Park, FL)and other Members today at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing accused TSA of fear mongering and continued mismanagement.

TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski confirmed in testimony that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano mislead the public and Congress in statements regarding the impact of sequestration. The Deputy Administrator went on to confirm that no furloughs are planned.

TSA continues to mismanage its finances as attention was directed toward the purchase of $50 million worth of uniforms while facing sequestration. Adding insult to injury, it was disclosed that two-thirds of the $50 million contract for the new uniforms is Mexican sourced.

"The uniform contract was a sweetheart union deal that could cost the American taxpayer $1,000 per screener. By comparison, a combat Marine Lieutenant receives a one-time uniform allowance of $400," said Mica. "This is unacceptable."

A series of oversight hearings were announced pertaining to TSA that will be held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, National Security Subcommittee and Government Operations Subcommittee. Mica expects answers, promising to go down and sit in Administrator Pistole's office if necessary.

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