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Airport Security Agency Is Accused of Waste

Audit reports suggest that $250 million may have been misspent by the federal transportation body. Nestled in farm country near Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop estate, the Charlottesville, Va., airport handles about 470 departing passengers a day. When the airlines paid for security at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, they managed to check passengers with a staff of 15 screeners. But since the federal government took over airport security, it deploys 39, a daily average of 12 passengers per screener. Around the country, federal air marshal field offices use government-leased sport utility vehicles. That costs taxpayers about $200,000 more per year than if the marshals switched to sedans, auditors found. But the Transportation Security Administration says SUVs are needed to reach rugged rural shooting ranges where the marshals practice. Last year’s federal takeover of airport security by the TSA has been hailed as a success in the war on terrorism, after the new agency met what many said were impossible deadlines set by Congress. Full Story

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