The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency in the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for protecting the nation’s transportation networks from attack. Specifically, it safeguards airports and airplanes, mass-transit systems, highways, seaports, railroads and buses. The TSA has been inundated with charges of ineptitude and corruption during its short lifespan.
In March 2003, oversight of the TSA was transferred to the Homeland Security Department, which was created the prior November. In addition to weathering numerous controversies, the TSA has had four administrators in just over six years. At least three bills have been introduced to eliminate the agency’s many perceived deficiencies, but none have passed.
(by Dan Schlossberg, ConsumerAffairs.com)
It took three tries, but President Barack Obama finally got an appointment confirmed to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). After former FBI agent Erroll Southers’ nomination imploded over revelations that he accessed FBI databases for personal reasons, President Obama turned to Robert A. Harding, a major general who retired from the U.S. Army in 2001. But Harding had to withdraw his nomination after concerns were raised over his work as a defense contractor. So, finally, the White House turned to a veteran of the FBI, John S. Pistole, whose nomination was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 2010.