GAO: Private screeners may not save money

02/10/2009 | FederalTimes.com

The Government Accountability Office is criticizing a 2007 TSA study that found private screeners were at least as good as -- if not better than -- federal screeners in terms of both performance and cost. The TSA studied six airports with private screening companies, comparing them to federal standards on criteria such as wait times, customer satisfaction and threat detection. The GAO, however, says that study failed to account for lost tax revenues and extra administrative costs in calculating overall savings.

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