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TSA Chief Disputes ‘Thousands Standing Around’ Jab at Agency

U.S. Representative John Mica, who helped write the law creating the Transportation Security Administration, calls it “a bloated bureaucracy.” TSA deserves the nickname “Thousands Standing Around,” Representative Paul Broun says.

The agency’s workforce grew 6 percent last year to a record 54,831 full-time equivalent positions, the fastest rate since at least 2005, according to budget documents. Administrator John Pistole requested another 3,570 positions for this fiscal year.