A long time friend of mine is stuck in a dead-end retail job thanks to the Obama economy and has applied to the TSA multiple times just to get a steady income for his family. They always tell him that even though he passed the civil service test with flying colors, they can't hire him because they don't have the funds or time available to do the background checks.
Accordingly, it follows that if he were the right ethnicity, he wouldn't need a background check.
“... They always tell him that even though he passed the civil service test with flying colors, they can’t hire him because they don’t have the funds or time available to do the background checks.”
In order to get into any government job (federal, state or local) now days you need to have an “in”, like know someone already there or be a minority (preferably also a woman). Why do you think there are so many black women populating DMV and TSA jobs? Because they’re a two-fer! Government jobs have become the plum jobs everyone is trying to get now days as they offer job security, higher pay than private sector jobs and usually a retirement package (with medical!) that can’t be found in any private company.