The Transportation Security Administration's head of security operations was removed from his post Monday, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
The departure of Kelly Hoggan was one of a series of shakeups at the agency amid a furor over growing security delays at American airports.
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee expressed outrage in a May 12 hearing over a $90,000 bonus package Hoggan received, even after reports surfaced of systematic security screening failures at airports around the country. Those security lapses were detailed in a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report last year.
TSA administrator Peter Neffenger announced Darby LaJoye, former head of security operations at Los Angeles International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, as Hoggan?s replacement effective immediately, according to the email obtained by Fox News.
In that same memo Neffenger said LaJoye?s expertise has ?driven a renewed agency-wide focus on security effectiveness,? which is an issue TSA has been wrestling with since last year?s scathing DHS inspector general's report, and now, with passengers experiencing extraordinarily high screening line wait times at airports around the country.
Wait times have eclipsed three hours at many airports, a phenomenon Neffenger and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have attributed, in part, to a shortage of TSA officers combined with heightened air traveler volume.
About as competent as the idiot running the VA (VA Sec. Bob McDonald) who compared the long waits to see doctors to waiting in line at Disneyland. "People don't judge the long wait; they judge the experience". DUH. Sure, except people don't die waiting to get into Epcot or the Magic Kingdom. Ponderous Bureaucracies NEVER work.