Rep. Mica to TSA: 'Come clean' about firing employees


TSA did not provide a reason for the termination of the employees when asked for a response to Mica's allegations by The Hill, but the agency said it "holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace." 

"Accountability is an important aspect of our work and TSA takes appropriate action with any employee who does not follow our procedures," the agency said. "The decision to take disciplinary action, including the proposed removal of several individuals from the TSA reaffirms our strong commitment to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to hold all our employees to the highest standards of conduct and accountability."

Mica said TSA should provide more information about the firings.

"It appears TSA may be trying to keep the public and the media in the dark, but they have a responsibility to Congress to report serious security meltdowns, which unfortunately have become routine," he said.

Mica, a frequent critic of the TSA, helped write the legislation that created the controversial agency in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  

-This post was updated with new information at 7:06 p.m.