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."
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