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US Slow to Gauge Effectiveness of Airport Screeners

The federal agency that oversees U.S. aviation security does an inadequate job of assessing the performance of airport screeners, congressional investigators said on Thursday. The General Accounting Office said in preliminary findings of an ongoing study that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), created after the 2001 hijack attacks, collects little information on the effectiveness of screeners in detecting prohibited items, like guns or knives. The report was also critical of gaps in training for screeners and their supervisors, but noted the agency had made progress in other key areas and was working to correct shortfalls. Nevertheless, Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican who was one of the lawmakers who requested the investigation, was disappointed with the published results and additional information he received in a classified briefing. Full Story

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