TSA expands ‘secret’ access
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding the number of employees with “secret” clearances to 10,000, one-sixth of the agency’s workforce.
TSA Administrator John Pistole said he believes that giving front-line workers greater access to intelligence will help stop terrorist attacks and make the public safer.
The clearances give agency employees access to information that has been classified as “secret,” material that is not put out for general distribution in the agency.
Speaking before a House Homeland Security subcommittee, Pistole said, “One of the best tools we possess in our effort to combat terrorism is accurate and timely intelligence.”