The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) yesterday released a report on TSA’s
controls over the vetting of aviation workers who apply for credentials
allowing unescorted access to secured airport areas. The TSA repeatedly screens about two million airport workers, but OIG
says that the agency failed to identify seventy-three workers
potentially associated with terrorism. One reason for this slip: the DHS watch-list, against which the TSA checks airline and airport applicants and workers, is not as comprehensive as the government’s terrorist database. TSA says it will begin to check applicants and employees against the broader list by the end of the year.