Big Shake-Up in TSA Leadership Amid Bonus Scandal

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After the excessive long wait lines at multiple airports recently, which drew thousands of complaints against the entire security organization, the head of TSA, Peter Neffenger, shook up his leadership team this week.

TSA replaced the top security official, Kelly Hoggan, and hired over 50 new security officers and 4 additional dog-sniffing teams at the Chicago O’Hare airport.

Hoggan had served in as TSA assistant administrator since May 2013.   He came under scrutiny recently when it was learned that he received over $90,000 in bonuses and awards over the previous year – in spite of a report which revealed that auditors were able to get fake weapons past security screeners 95 percent of the time in 70 different tests.

His bonus was paid out in $10,000 increments, in an attempt to hide it, congress has said.  “The bonus was paid to someone whose operation was a complete failure,” Representative James Chaffetz said.

The agency has now capped bonuses to $10,000 per year.

Hoggan will be replaced by his deputy, Darby LaJoye.

TSA had blamed the recent problems on a lack of security screeners and higher passenger numbers, but says passengers should still expect longer waits during the heavy travel months of summer.  Around 231 million people will fly from June 4 thought Sept.

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