Well, if that was not enough to scare you off of the nation’s airplanes, consider this TSA disgrace:
- TSA security badges that allow TSA employees to access secure areas of airports have gone missing along with TSA uniforms and other devices used to control entry to secure airport areas.
- Judicial Watch, under a Freedom Of Information Act request, obtained government records which show that hundreds of lost, stolen or missing badges are now out of the control of the TSA.
- 139 security badges went missing in 2012, 131 went missing in 2013 and in 2014, 123 badges went missing.
- From a missing TSA uniform perspective, O’Hare International in Chicago was among the biggest consistent offenders with 336 lost uniform items in both 2013 and 2014.
- Washington Dulles International lost 343 uniform items last year and Philadelphia International 253.
- Houston Intercontinental was the leader with 220 lost items in 2012.
- Other news reports show that the situation is far worse than what Judicial Watch reported since those news reports claim that more than 1,400 TSA badges that allow employees to access secure areas like runways and boarding gates went missing at one airport alone, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, over approximately two years and that 270 badges went missing at San Diego International Airport in the last two years.
- To really scare you, some of the security badges weren’t reported missing for months, meaning they weren’t deactivated and could still be used to enter restricted areas.
- A recent Congressional report says it found new examples of whistleblower retaliation by Zinser.
- One of the new accusations is that Zinser had improperly placed a long time Federal employee on leave after he found out she had been talking to Congressional investigators.
- Current and former members of his staff told Congressional investigators that he “had created a culture of retaliation in his office by isolating employees who resisted his agenda before stripping of them of their responsibilities.”
- Zinser also had allegedly spent a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer wealth to hire an outside law firm to defend himself in a wrongful termination case.
- In 2010, Zinser allegedly hired a woman who was later revealed to be his girlfriend. The woman had had “significant conduct problems” in another division in the Commerce Department and was on the brink of being removed from eligibility for the Senior Executive Service program, a designation that would place her at the highest executive level in the federal civil service.
- Five weeks later, Zinser promoted his girlfriend to a senior position in his office, one that afforded her a $150,000 salary, and approved three SES performance bonuses for her totaling more than $28,000 by October 2012.
- Zinser and his deputy inspector general allegedly collected and saved the emails of three senior staff he regarded as enemies, including his former deputy. The two then allegedly sifted through the messages to find "anything he might uncover in his former deputy's emails that Mr. Zinser might be able to use against him," according to testimony to a Congressional committee in March, 2015. Ironically, retaining official emails without alerting the office's chief information officer violated a policy Zinser himself established in 2012.
- Apparently, Zinser has a long history of problems dealing with whistleblowers since he had been named in a whistleblower complaint to the Office of Special Counsel way back in 1996.
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