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House committee launches TSA investigation

The House’s top oversight committee officially launched its investigation into the Transportation Security Administration today with bipartisan support, citing allegations that an employee manipulated air marshals’ flight schedules and could have accessed government databases inappropriately, among other misconduct.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, following a Reveal report last week that more than 60 air marshals face scrutiny as TSA investigators seek to learn to what extent national security might have been jeopardized.

The six lawmakers who signed the letter – led by committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s ranking member – cited allegations included in the Reveal report: that a program specialist responsible for coordinating schedule changes, including canceled and delayed flights, gave preferred treatment to some air marshals, sometimes in return for personal favors.

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