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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Sanford's TSA Accountability Bill Passes Committee

Jun 11, 2014
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security favorably reported Representative Sanford’s bill, HR 4803: TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act, which requires the Transportation Security Administration to end the practice of paying higher wages to employees for skills they don’t use. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration. 

“I’m encouraged that the Committee on Homeland Security today passed what I think will be a small, but common sense step in the larger battle toward reining in government spending,” said Sanford. “Even though there are federal standards in place that lay out how employees qualify for higher wages, the Transportation Security Administration pays some of their employees more for jobs they’re not doing. That wouldn’t make sense anywhere outside of government, and my bill would help fix that problem by clarifying those employees’ responsibilities.” 

“In the same way that you wouldn’t pay a famous chef to microwave your dinner, some well-qualified TSA employees are being paid higher wages for skills they aren’t using,” continued Sanford. “In particular, some criminal investigators are paid as law enforcement agents even when they rarely do that sort of work. When we’re spending taxpayer money on these positions, it ought to be common sense to pay people for the job they do, not the job they could do.”

“Though the savings we would see from this bill, roughly $17 million, are relatively small in the grand scheme of things, I think the important point here is spending money as any business or individual would,” added Sanford. “So while this is ultimately just a small piece of the puzzle, Congress ought to find as many places as possible to make common sense reforms and save taxpayer money.”