TSA officials to testify before House

TSA officials to testify before House

Transportation Security Administration will testify before the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday about "the path forward" for the controversial agency. 

Officials with the House Homeland Security Committee's Transportation Security committee said they will hold a hearing to "allow members to assess the overall state of the Transportation Security Administration and ask senior officials for their perspectives on how TSA can be reformed and improved, going forward.  

"With a dynamic threat landscape and a long history of challenges, it is imperative that the Subcommittee continue to provide rigorous oversight to all aspects of TSA," the panel said. 

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Since its inception in 2002, TSA has been a frequent punching back for Republicans, who have often pushed to privatize airport security. 

The agency has faced intense scrutiny this year after a study by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general documented a series of undercover stings in which agents tried to pass through security with prohibited items.

They made it through in nearly all the tests — 67 of 70 — including one instance in which a TSA screener failed to find a fake bomb, even after the undercover agent set off a magnetometer (the instrument used to screen for weapons at airports). The screener reportedly let the agent through with the fake bomb taped to his back, having missed it during a pat-down.

The TSA’s acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, was removed from office after the findings became public. 

President Obama later nominated former Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to run the TSA. Neffenger was confirmed by the Senate this summer.