Lawmaker seeks answers to TSA employee call-outs
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 07, 2019
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.