The Transportation Security Administration’s head of security has been removed from his post, less than two weeks after drawing intense scrutiny at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill.
“Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA, following our hearing on May 12 on mismanagement at TSA,” the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted on its Twitter account.
Some lawmakers blasted TSA at the hearing for giving Hoggan $90,000 in bonuses at a time when watchdog tests revealed screeners routinely failed to find weapons at checkpoints. The hearing was one in a series where whistleblowers denounced the agency for rewarding top officials with large bonuses while retaliating against workers who complained about the unfair practices.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, had slammed bonuses given to Hoggan, who was paid $181,500 per year. Chaffetz said Hoggan also received $90,000 in bonuses during a 13-month period that ended in November 2014.
TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told the panel he overhauled the bonus program and installed a $10,000-per-year cap. He also changed protocols to protect workers who spoke out, he said.