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TSA Spending Spree


It's tempting to sit slack-jawed in amazement at the Post's report this morning on out-of-control spending at TSA during the mad rush to staff up the agency. But really, nobody should be that surprised. This is what you get, when as a nation, you demand the instant creation of a huge federal bureaucracy. Even in the best of times, most agencies lack the capacity for truly effective contract management. Couple that with the absurdly short time frame to hire a fully federalized airport screening force, and you have a prescription for runaway spending. Best quote in the story is from Frank Berger, who ran hiring centers for TSA contractor NCS Pearson in Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa: "I never saw any government people. There was zero government people involved."


Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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