May 10, 2012
A Congressional report released today accuses the Transportation Security Administration of wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on screening technology and equipment that was not efficiently deployed at airports.
The report blasted the TSA for purchasing more explosive trace detectors (ETD) than necessary in order to receive a bulk discount and for warehousing 35 percent of security equipment for more than one year, among other claims.
The total value of equipment in storage is an estimated $184 million. The excessive number of ETD machines, which cost $30,000 each, amounted to nearly $44 million. The delay in deploying stored screening equipment resulted in depreciation estimated at $23 million.