TSA puts off purchase of ID scanners as report questions technologySeveral problems identified
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will delay the purchase of automated document-scanning technology designed to verify boarding passes and identify fraudulent IDs amid concerns regarding the machines' effectiveness and the agency's procurement process.
The House Subcommittee on Transportation Security held a hearing on Tuesday focused on the devices, officially known as Credential Authentication Technology/Boarding Pass Scanning Systems (CAT/BPSS). Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) identified several problems with the program, including the fact that it is not integrated with the TSA's terrorist watch list and ballooning cost estimates.
Furthermore, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday questioned those estimates, and its author reiterated previous reports that found the TSA has trouble following proper acquisition policies.