Post noted, "Two top security officials in charge of
overseeing background checks of federal airport screeners left
their posts last week, the Transportation Security Administration
said yesterday, underscoring troubles afflicting a division that
has been criticized for letting criminals slip into its ranks."
One was the capo of the new office of Credentialing, Bruce
Brotman; the other was Richard Ferris, the director of TSA's
Personnel Security Office. Regardless that Brotman's office is a
recent (May) creation; with his leaving, "for personal reasons,"
that office, and Ferris's, were recombined into one bigger
bureaucracy, now to be headed by former TSA strategic analyst
Justin Oberman. The reasons Ferris, who has, since May, reported to
Brotman, left were not disclosed.
The vetting, testing, and credentialing of
TSA's screeners (particularly) has recently been nothing but an
embarrassment to James Loy and his minions; Secretary of Homeland
Security Tom Ridge, who inherited the entire TSA tar
baby from DoT Secretary Mineta, cannot be pleased that the TSA
is so publicly embarrassed, either. Ridge's Inspector General has
been dispatched to see what he can do to make things better.
Although tens of thousands of TSA screeners have been on the hob
for a year or more, their background checks need not be finished
until October 1. The TSA recently sent home over 1200 screeners who
didn't pass, but who were working, anyway.
The third TSA official to announce he was leaving,
Scott McHugh, was last seen blowing a whistle about the TSA's inept
luggage security. His reasons for leaving, as well, were not
A couple weeks ago, TSA spokeswoman Heather Rosenker (wife of
NTSB vice Chair Mark Rosenker), voluntarily left, as well, to work
for a DC-area law firm.