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Friday, October 25, 2013

Golden Hammer: TSA gives $17.5 million in ‘premium pay’ to regular employees -- By Philip Swarts, The Washington Times

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.Take off your belt and shoes, empty your pockets, step through the metal detector and pay an extra $17.5 million.

That is how much investigators say has been spent on "premium" salaries for Transportation Security Administration employees who have been promoted without doing any additional work.

"The office employed personnel classified as 'criminal investigators,' even though their primary duties may not have been criminal investigations," said a report by the Homeland Security inspector general. "These employees received premium pay and other costly benefits, although other employees were able to perform the same work at a lower cost."

The inspector general said the extra salaries could cost taxpayers $17.5 million over five years in salary alone for all 124 of the TSA's criminal investigators. The inspector general did not calculate the additional cost of the benefits those employees receive.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican, said the TSA should not waste taxpayer dollars on staff salaries that don't fit the workload.

"It is unacceptable for TSA to misuse resources when its mission of protecting our aviation systems is so critical," Mr. McCaul said.

Rep. Richard Hudson, the North Carolina Republican and chairman of the Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation security, said the TSA spending was "yet another example of the ills of big-government bureaucracy."

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