TSA security chief who received $90K bonus removed from post

A top security chief at the Transportation Security Administration who came under fire for receiving a $90,000 bonus has been removed from his post, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Monday evening.

{mosads}The panel tweeted that Kelly Hoggan, assistant administrator for the office of security administrations, has been removed from his position following a committee hearing earlier this month on TSA misconduct.

A House committee aide said Hoggan has been reassigned at the agency but could not provide further details. A spokeswoman for TSA did not immediately return a request for comment.

Hoggan came under fire during an Oversight hearing for receiving a $90,000 bonus, which was paid in small increments over a 13-month period, despite a damning report that showed that screeners he oversaw were failing to detect fake bombs and weapons during security tests.

The agency has been scrambling to alleviate overwhelmed security lines and increased wait times at airports around the country.

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, who stepped into the role last summer, will testify in front of the House Homeland Security Committee on the issue later this week.

In a brief interview, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) called Hoggan’s dismissal “absolutely appropriate” but wouldn’t say whether Neffenger should resign.

Scott Wong contributed to this report.


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