Travelers leave $500,000 per year at TSA checkpoints

November 19, 2013
(George Frey/Reuters)
(George Frey/Reuters)

Passengers leave $500,000 annually at TSA checkpoints: A recent report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revealed that airline travelers have left about half a million dollars in change at screening locations during the past two years. The Transportation Security Agency can supplement its annual appropriations with the money, but a group of House GOP lawmakers has proposed requiring the money to be sent to charities supporting military personnel, according to a Government Executive article.

What are the best and worst federal jobs? In the Loop columnist Al Kamen has asked readers for input after learning that a National Park Service official landed a job in Paris as deputy secretary for overseas operations for the American Battle Monuments Commission, a job that comes with an apartment in Paris and requires travel throughout France, Italy, Belgium and Asia. Learn more through Kamen’s article.

More details on early efforts to fix HealthCare.gov: In early October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with that agency’s contractors, split into four teams to tackle the highest-priority problems, which included insufficient server capacity, long load times and flawed code. Additional details about the Obama administration’s efforts to patch up the online exchange are available in a Federal Times article.

DHS still hasn’t fired black supremacist: A Homeland Security spokeswoman said agency employee Ayo Kimathi remains on leave pending review after the Southern Law Poverty Center exposed racist rants he posted online calling for the mass murder of whites, according to a Government Executive report.

Pentagon official addresses concerns about contractor workforce: Defense Department procurement official Shay Assad tried to dispel what he described as myths that Pentagon contractors are untrained and unprepared, saying the workforce is “healthier and stronger than it has been in the last 10 years or so,” according to a Federal Times report.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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