Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Statement on DHS Announcement of New Efforts to Support TSA Workforce
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced new efforts to support the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening officer workforce, including expanding collective bargaining at the national level and ensuring that TSA’s standards and processes adhere to the principles applied by the Merit Systems Protection Board. Secretary Mayorkas also expressed the Department’s commitment to improving pay for the TSA workforce. After the Secretary’s announcement, U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement:
“I welcome DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ announcement today of new efforts to support the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce. This is certainly a positive move in the right direction for TSA employees.
“Transportation security officers and other TSA staff have continued to diligently perform their duties to keep Americans safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but they remain among the lowest-paid federal employees and are not afforded the same workforce rights available to their civil service peers. Unfortunately, this disparity has contributed to low morale and challenges with the hiring and retention of TSA personnel.
“Today’s announcement is an overdue step to ensure that this critical workforce is provided with the pay, protections, and respect they deserve.”