The Transportation Security Administration ousted its head of security this week because the agency is seeking a “different approach,” not because of any wrongdoing, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said Tuesday.
Kelly Hoggan was removed from his post amid an uproar over long lines at airport security checkpoints and intense scrutiny of bonus payments. Neffenger said he hoped to find another place “for Hoggan’s talents” within TSA.
“Given the specifics of daily volume, I felt it was important to have a different management approach going forward than we’ve had in the past,” Neffenger told USA TODAY. He said his goal was to gauge how to move travelers more efficiently through lines, rather than just faster.
Neffenger named Darby LaJoye, who was second in command of the Office of Security Operations, as the office’s acting chief.