Lawmaker seeks answers to TSA employee call-outs

The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee wants to know how many TSA officers have called in sick during the shutdown after reports of a spike in call-outs.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske asking about the increase in call-outs and wants to make sure the agency has a contingency plan.

“I am concerned about the effects of the ongoing government shutdown on the employees and the operations of the Transportation Security Association,” the letter states.

It notes a CNN report that hundreds of TSA agents from major airports have called out during the shutdown.

In response, TSA released a statement acknowledging that there has been an increase in employee call-outs, but ensured that security and passenger safety would not be compromised.

“….security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change” due to staffing shortages.

Thompson is asking for evidence of any guidance TSA has provided about lapses in pay to employees, the specific number of call-outs, details on how the agency is addressing the call-outs and number of other questions.

Read the full letter here.

Reader comments

Thu, Jan 10, 2019 SAM USA

If federal workers and TSA employees were wiser they would ALL stay home. If they ALL stayed home and the President and Congress would immediately stop using them as a football. Wake up. Stick together and ALL stay home including all FBI, DEA, ICE and Secret Service agents.

Thu, Jan 10, 2019

Idiots in Washington DC swamp land yes you the congress and senate along with other elected officials. Do your work and get the great federal employees back to work so they can continue their normal routines. Elected officials are do nothing minions who dwell in the swamp lands of DC. Grow up Pelosi, Warren, Schumer and trump. No more temper tantrums since some one urinated in your sand box!

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) is an idiot like the rest of elected officials. These folks are doing their jobs and at the same time morale is poor, hours are long and there is effect on their health. Congress and senate elected minions eat well, get taken care of by special interest groups, take travel with their families free of charge and a lobbyist pays for it; a short work week and a huge pay check. Grow up do your jobs and open the government up so folks can do theirs and carry on a normal routine.

Wed, Jan 9, 2019 SR BK

How is the shutdown the DEMs fault? POTUS wants $5B for a wall and is on record saying he'd shutdown the Gov til he got what he wanted. DEMs though? Really?

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Why the comment that "Most federal employees I know are dedicated and only a Dem would think different"? I am Dem and I know most feds are very dedicated. Which is why those feds that are furloughed are told they are not allowed to do any work and can be fined up to $5,000 or a prison sentence up to 2 years otherwise most would be reporting for duty. I saw no where in the comments that a Dem implied feds were not dedicated and do not agree that the shutdown is purely on the Dems.

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