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TSA Sequester Doomsday Scenario Not Likely
National Review ^ | 02/27/2013 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 02/27/2013 6:52:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind

One of the most talked about doomsday scenarios the Obama administration has warned will occur if sequestration takes effect on March 1, as it is very likely to do, has been the prospect of longer wait times at the nation’s airports.

“It’s going to be very painful for the flying public,” transportation secretary Ray LaHood said last week. “Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff.”

But as even LaHood acknowledged, the flying public is unlikely to feel those effect for at least a month. “They’ll begin to see the activity in the layoffs and the delays probably beginning around April 1,” he said.

That is because federal agencies must provide 30-days notice to employees before implementing major changes to their work schedules. As a result, there is a good chance that the threatened chaos at the nation’s airports will never happen.

Often overlooked in the discussions about the sequester is the upcoming expiration (at the end of March) of the continuing resolution funding the government. Just as most people on Capitol Hill expect the sequester to take effect on March 1, they also expect that any agreement to extend government funding via a new continuing resolution will replace the sequester, or at the very least give federal agencies more flexibility to carry out the spending reductions, and mitigate the severity of their impact.

Of course, there may not be such an agreement on a new continuing resolution, in which case the government will proceed to partially shut down.

In any event, the two agencies responsible for keeping the country’s airports up and running — the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — appear relatively well-positioned to absorb some budget reductions.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), for example, would be funded well above its inflation-adjusted 2008 level even if the sequester were to take place. “TSA employs a lot of part-time workers, so they should be much more flexible on meeting demands, and moving schedules around,” one travel-industry insider told National Review Online.

Even under sequestration, the TSA (inflation-adjusted) budget is projected to be more than $500 million (11 percent) higher than it was in 2008. The FAA’s inflation-adjusted budget for operations, facilities, and equipment would, under sequestration, still be about $500 million higher than it was in 2008.

A September 2012 report from the House Committee on Homeland Security took the TSA to task for its “counterintuitive hiring practices during an economic downturn,” which has resulted in a “net decrease in the number of people traveling each year in the U.S.”

“A private sector entity in the face of a shrinking customer base usually must downsize,” the report states. “TSA, by contrast, has continually grown its ranks despite fewer travelers, an economic downturn, and purchasing expensive new screening technology.”



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airport; sequester; tsa

1 posted on 02/27/2013 6:53:01 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Unless Obama decides to shut them down on purpose to make his point.


2 posted on 02/27/2013 6:54:09 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Longer wait times at the nation’s airports?

Hey, copping feels on old ladies takes time.


3 posted on 02/27/2013 6:58:27 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"Unless Obama decides to shut them down on purpose to make his point."

Bingo! Obama is managing this to cause maximum disruption and pain, and it won't be just TSA. He will cause problems throughout the economy so he can blame it on the evil Republicans.

4 posted on 02/27/2013 7:01:02 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The Kenyan may do exactly that considering how he turned all the illegal aliens loose.

But it will take a lot less time for public to feel an airport shutdown, even if they don't fly. Air cargo is HUGE business which transports a significant amount of life saving medical supplies, car parts and even perishable food and flowers, just to name a few.

Congress could take the opportunity to defund the TSA rent-a-cops and replace them with private contractors or even grant the individual airports the right to do so in order to save money and reopen airport operations.

Yeah, I know. We're talking about spineless RINO leadership. But I can dream, can't I?

5 posted on 02/27/2013 7:04:52 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a cinch that from now on every time the federal government screws up they’ll blame it on the “draconian” budget cuts. I’ll bet they use that excuse for the next ten years at least.


6 posted on 02/27/2013 7:18:30 AM PST by hitkicker (The only thing worse than a politician is a child molester)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Obama Presidency - Making Life Suck in America since 2009

What a great leader. All of this sequestration talk reminds me of local school levy fear-mongering on a National level.


7 posted on 02/27/2013 7:25:39 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s insulting for the politicians and their lemmings to imply that those of us not on furlough are incapable of holding down the fort in the absense of our furloughed bretheren.

Give us a little credit.


8 posted on 02/27/2013 7:28:50 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (2 Corinthians 4:8)
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To: SeekAndFind

What difference, at this late date, does it make?


9 posted on 02/27/2013 7:28:50 AM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
All of this sequestration talk reminds me of local school levy fear-mongering on a National level.

Good analogy that applies to a whole host of government over reach (gun control/healthcare/environmentalism, etc, etc,...ad nauseum.

10 posted on 02/27/2013 7:30:35 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Unless Obama decides to shut them down on purpose to make his point.

Obama will do everything he can to make his targeted cuts cause MAXIMUM PAIN to everyday Americans.....can't have a real accounting of Fed Gov!!!!

A few years ago, there was a website which allowed for anyone to go on and create your own Appropriations budgets for the numerous agencies in Washington. The sad part is that there are SO many programs now that emcompass every facet of day to day living that they can claim any cut will affect some small group. Then that small group gets upset with the cut and they use that footage for justification against the cut.

Three questions for my lib money-spending lovers:

1) You all claim that CLINTON was our greatest President because he was able to preside over a budget surplus. We took in around $2Trillion those years. How is it that Life in America did not suck during those years when we were able to spend JUST what we brought in?

2) Why do you continue to give Obama a pass on his NON-Balanced Budget?

3) Now the world is gonna end if we can't spend $1.5Trillion more in 2013?
11 posted on 02/27/2013 7:37:25 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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RE: What difference, at this late date, does it make?

Is this the new slogan to use now?


12 posted on 02/27/2013 7:39:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, the cover all courtesy of Hillery Clinton.
13 posted on 02/27/2013 7:48:37 AM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: SeekAndFind

             

14 posted on 02/27/2013 9:03:29 AM PST by tomkat
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To: SeekAndFind

Is the TSA unionized?
If so, then you bet, baraq could put out the call for them to go on strike.


15 posted on 02/28/2013 4:45:27 AM PST by Texas resident (I'm not a lawyer, but I play one on FR)
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