TSA Claims Spending Cuts Devastating Agency, Spends $1,000 Per Employee Uniform

I haven’t been to an airport in a while, but the TSA is claiming that the Sequester of Doom has made it impossible for anyone but Imams in Jihadist t-shirts flying to a “We Love the Taliban” conference in Pakistan to board a plane.

Fortunately the sequester did not interfere with the TSA’s ability to blow 50 million bucks on Mexican uniforms for its Federales.

 The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents–uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico.

On Feb. 27, the agency announced that on Feb. 22 it had awarded a one-year contract to VF Imagewear, Inc., which owns the Lee brand and Wrangler Hero, to provide the uniforms. “This contract will address the requirements of the TSA, Office of Security Operations, TSA Uniform Program,” the award states.

The TSA employs 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers. That means that the uniform contract will pay the equivalent of $1,000 per TSA employee over the course of the year.

The most interesting part of this development is the fact that TSA only provides the initial uniforms for new hires.  TSA employees have to pay for their own replacements.  So why spend $50 million on uniforms if TSA has to cut back on employees so significantly that it will interfere with airport operations?  Why not save some money and cut back on the uniform purchases, especially if the cutbacks mean a lack of hiring?

Why cut back? These aren’t people who think in terms of cutting back. They think in terms of spending more. They put firefighters out in front of their corrupt system, but the money isn’t going to firefighters. It’s being spent and wasted in huge amounts by an elite that likes to pretend that its corruption is trickling down to stimulate the economy.

  • Edward Cline

    I liked the Photoshopped TSA entity in the blue burqa. Unless it was a real photograph. Either way, it's entirely appropriate to show the entity pressing a button that will zap the uncovered chick to atoms because she's not Sharia compliant.

  • Nick

    I work for TSA. Your article is inaccurate. Every year, TSA provides us with an allotment of money to purchase uniform replacement pieces such as shirts or pants. You may also purchase new items like a winter jacket if you have transfered to a cold weather airport or polo shirts if a hot climate area. Additionally, the amount per employee is nowhere near $1,000. It's about $250 per employee per year. Furthermore, TSA has to acquire some new uniform items for employees such as shoes and sweaters. This is a result of the CBA agreed apron by TSA and AFGE last year long before the sequester was to take place. I appreciate questioning the government and it's agencies but this article is yet another example of poor journalism and a lack of investigation into news reports. Criticism of the government is necessary for a healthy democracy and please continue to do so…but please do more research first.

    • ChristCrusader

      Nick… sir, $50 million contract divided by 50,000 security officers is indeed $1,000 each. The fact that you only see ~$250 per year per employee for uniforms is exactly what raises the question of where the rest of the money is. Furthermore, this $50 mil contract specifically to VF Imagewear may not even address some of these ancillary expenses you mention, making those ancillary expenses additional to the $1k each! And btw, I'm sorry, Nick, but the fact that your employer performs unConstitutional, warrantless, invasive searches apalls me.

      • ChristCrusader

        I shouldn't have said, "…is exactly what raises the question of where the money is," but rather that just raises another question of where the money is. The first question posed in the article is why are they paying $1k per uniform? You only seeing $250 of it does not mean that they're not paying the $1k for it.

  • patron

    In 2014 we will be constantly flooded with the success of Obama cutting the deficit in half and the great accomplishment of a $700 billion deficit by the Committee to Empower Chicago Criminals / Moving America Forward into Debtor's Prison.

    We will never hear Obama kicking and screaming about sequester cuts, his spending binge in 2009 which blew up the deficit, that the normal deficit under Bush was half, and corrupt Democratic party with their criminal housing schemes creating the sub prime collapse with Chicago ACORN lawyer Barak Obama cheerleading lower credit standards.

    The problem though is Obama's race army will be absent on election day 2014. We just need Republicans to have a backbone instead of a wet noodle.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    TSA is not only useless, but it is dangerous. This is the case because it is under the purview of "mama Janet's" DHS – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/16/the-disturbin

    Oh boy…

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • cxt

    Waste, fraud and abuse–if people would just fix those problems there would be plenty of money fro all the progams they wish.

  • Spikey1

    TSA uniforms for sale
    —–$900.00 each—–
    This is a 10% savings

    (offer limited to the first 50,000 callers)

  • kyl

    I suspect it is much more likely that the uniforms cost maybe $50 and the rest is being diverted to some project that The Fraud couldn’t get funding for if he acted legitimately. Buying back the House in ’14 jumps immediately to mind.

  • diesel

    In order to cut spending why fly? Then we do not need TSA services, Obama can layoff all the people needed, and the TSA uniforms can hang in the closet. In fact, we could eliminate the TSA altogether and let the airlines provide their own people in airports to provide security checks.

  • elder trinity

    very sad… we don't spent that money to get protective equipment for our military people.
    Also, what deep pocketed Democrat got that contract?