TSA Spending

Report cites waste and abuse amid lavish spending on federal facility

An inspector general's report takes aim at some of the spending at the Transportation Security Administration's crisis center building in suburban Washington.

That spending includes three-thousand dollar refrigerators and about 500-thousand dollars for artwork, silk plants and other items at the 19 million dollar building. The report released by the Homeland Security Department says federal employees apparently engaged in unethical and possibly illegal activities.

The inspector general faults the TSA for breakdowns in management controls that "left the project vulnerable to waste and abuse."

According to the report, the project manager and facility operating officer improperly purchased decorative and miscellaneous items and hid the nature of the purchases by charging them to the construction contract as "equipment and tools."