The objective of a recently issued DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit was to determine whether TSA had policies, procedures and internal controls to manage and safeguard airport security badges, uniforms and identification cards for its employees. For this audit, which commenced last year, OIG investigators visited five airports, where they interviewed TSA and airport operator personnel and observed airport operations.
Police in Orlando, Fla., provided TSA with a photo of a suspect in a home invasion robbery and asked for assistance. Forty minutes later, TSA Behavior Detection Officer Raymond Llamas and TSO Eladio Bezares spotted Saul Pagan-Davila, 19, in the airport's food court.
TSA recognizes that the travel period for Sukkot, a significant event for persons of the Jewish faith, begins approximately on October 14, 2008, and ends approximately on October 20, 2008.
With millions of passengers passing through the checkpoints every year, the job of a TSA officer requires constant vigilance. Every passenger, along with any carry-on bag and luggage, is screened thoroughly. In an incident at Florida’s Palm Beach International, an officer recently discovered a 3.5 inch knife artfully concealed inside a 9-inch metal kubotan in a passenger’s carry-on bag.
In July, TSA made its first-ever placement of an overseas Transportation Security Administration Representative to Amman, Jordan, to further strengthen our security coordination with foreign governments, organizations and other U.S. offices in the region.