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October 13, 2010
(Two) Jobs For Everyone!

When 9Wants to Know got a tip that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) might be placing some injured screeners in other government jobs and paying them two government salaries, the investigative unit decided to check it out by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking about injuries and new job placements.

The story goes on to say that the TSA is now saying, four years later, that the news station will have to pay over $1,000,000 (up front) to fund the research to answer the questions.

9NEWS asked for the public information on Dec. 6, 2006. On Aug. 25, 2010, 9NEWS received its first response from the TSA.

The agency sent the station 306 pages of information that purportedly answered questions about disability rates and new job placements. However, when reporters carefully reviewed the records, they discovered the data was incomplete, nonsensical and for the wrong airports requested. (9NEWS requested information about Denver International Airport screener injury rates compared to other airports nationwide.)

On Aug. 26, 9Wants to Know resubmitted its original public information request to the TSA, claiming that after a four-year wait, the government had sent the wrong information. The TSA replied to 9NEWS on Oct. 7, saying the information would cost government workers, at $40 an hour, nearly 30,000 hours to fulfill the request.

Of equal concern to me is the idea that so many TSA workers have been injured that less than a decade later, it would take 30,000 hours to review all of the records. (Did it take four years just to figure out they needed 30,000 hours?)

Or is this department, reluctantly nurtured by Bonehead & Crookface and less reluctantly infested by their buddies rewarded with plush government jobs under its umbrella, really just that badly organized?


P.S. If you leave watermelon in the refrigerator for too long and it tastes sort of fermented when you eat it, should you expect to get drunk or dead?

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