this April 28, 2015, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary
Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before
the Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight of the
department. Johnson on Monday, June 1, 2015, directed the
Transportation Security Administration to revise airport
security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening
equipment in airports across the country.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the
leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed
the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers
and retest screening equipment in airports across the country.
The TSA's acting
administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different
job in the Department of Homeland Security. Acting Deputy Director
Mark Hatfield will lead the agency until a new administrator is
come after the agency's inspector general briefed Johnson on a
report analyzing vulnerabilities in airport security —
specifically, the ability to bring prohibited items through TSA
Johnson would not
describe the results of the classified report, but said he takes
the findings "very seriously."
ABC News first
reported Monday that undercover agents were able to smuggle
prohibited items, such as mock explosives or weapons, through TSA
checkpoints in 67 out of 70 attempts. ABC cited anonymous
officials who had been briefed on the inspector general's report.
In a statement
issued Monday evening, Johnson said, "The numbers in these
reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical
element in the continual evolution of our aviation security."
Johnson said he
had directed TSA to take several corrective steps, including:
revising standard operating procedures for screening.
training for all transportation security officers, and intensive
training for all supervisory personnel.
re-evaluating the screening equipment currently in use at airports
across the United States.
conduct random covert testing.
Johnson said that
in the longer term, he has directed TSA and DHS to "examine
adopting new technologies to address the vulnerabilities
identified by the Inspector General's testing."
Security chief said that over the last year, "TSA screened a
record number of passengers at airports in the United States, and
... seized a record number of prohibited items."
Still, he said,
the agency was "constantly testing and adapting the systems
we have in place."
called on the Senate to confirm President Barack Obama's choice to
lead the TSA, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Pete Neffenger.