X-Ray Nation | TSA Vies for More Power and Independence from DHS

TSA Needs More Independence in Homeland Security, Mica Says


Puneet Kollipara|Bloomberg

Great Idea: Yeah let's give an already abusive agency more latitude to commit egregious violations against law abiding Americans.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration needs more independence from the Homeland Security Department to operate more efficiently, the chairman of the House transportation committee said.

It takes the TSA too long to make changes because too many things require approval from the department, which oversees it, Representative John Mica, a Florida Republican, said in an interview today in Bloomberg’s Washington office.

The TSA should be given “the authority to whack and hack some of the bad out,” Mica said.

TSA Administrator John Pistole told lawmakers in February he was working to make the agency into “a more agile, high- performing organization.” The ability to quickly adapt procedures based on intelligence information and threats is “paramount to effective security,” he said. The agency was created in November 2001 in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

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