As President Obama, his fellow Democrats and administration officials were warning of doom and gloom due to the puny sequester budget cuts the TSA was ordering $50 million in new uniforms. How many illegal immigrant detainees could still be locked up for that kind of money?
The impending sequester did not prevent the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from acting in late February to seal a $50-million deal to purchase new uniforms for its agents–uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico.
Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester.
“We are already seeing the effect on the ports of entry, the big airports for example,” Napolitano told Politico on Monday. “Some of them had very long lines this weekend.”
“Look people, I don’t mean to scare, I mean to inform,” Napolitiano said.”If you’re traveling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There’s only so much we can do with personnel and please don’t yell at the customs officers, the TSA officers. They aren’t responsible for sequester.” (Read More)
The price tag comes in at about $1000 per employee. This is after the same company awarded with this contract has just finished up its $98 million contract from 2010. No word on whether the blue gloves are part of the contract, I’m assuming they are not.
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Update: Linked by Paul Adams at Large – thanks!