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TSA Sealed $50-Million Sequester-Eve Deal to Buy New Uniforms

TSA Sealed $50-Million Sequester-Eve Deal to Buy New Uniforms

Old Mar 5, 13, 10:51 am
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TSA Sealed $50-Million Sequester-Eve Deal to Buy New Uniforms

The TSA employs 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers. That means that the uniform contract will pay the equivalent of $1,000 per TSA employee over the course of the year.
TSA's new $50-million one-year uniform contract was announced just two days before the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, took effect.
Soon after this new investment in TSA uniforms, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Americans that the lines are already lengthening at airports due to the sequester.
I think I'm gonna be sick....

"uniforms that will be partly manufactured in Mexico."
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Old Mar 5, 13, 3:30 pm
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Me to. One of the stupidest things I've heard of.
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Old Mar 5, 13, 3:57 pm
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It's not like they go out of style. Who cares what they look like?
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Old Mar 5, 13, 4:09 pm
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Me to. One of the stupidest things I've heard of.
Redux
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5 Polo shirts and a couple of pairs of Khakis wouldn't cost NEARLY $1,000 per year. Oh, wait, this is government purchasing we're talking about.
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Old Mar 5, 13, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Global_Hi_Flyer View Post
5 Polo shirts and a couple of pairs of Khakis wouldn't cost NEARLY $1,000 per year. Oh, wait, this is government purchasing we're talking about.
Plus sizes and 2X or larger are more expensive.
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Old Mar 5, 13, 5:13 pm
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Beyond ridiculous.
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Old Mar 6, 13, 6:05 am
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This article is lumping everyone together. TSOs get no where close to 1000.00 dollars for uniforms. We do however get 317.00 for uniform replacement and 3 shirts and 3 pants for a total of 446.00 dollars a year. Law enforcement officers on the other hand probably get that much.
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Old Mar 6, 13, 6:30 am
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Originally Posted by omascreener View Post
This article is lumping everyone together. TSOs get no where close to 1000.00 dollars for uniforms. We do however get 317.00 for uniform replacement and 3 shirts and 3 pants for a total of 446.00 dollars a year. Law enforcement officers on the other hand probably get that much.
Thanks for the information.

Your last line was most helpful. I fail to see the justification for TSOs to get as much as LEOs. Does the TSO job involve the same uniform-abusing activity as LEO jobs? Running through brush, tackling, etc? TSOs at the checkpoint seem to have a job where the laundry puts the most stress on the fabric.

Additionally, if TSOs only get $446, where does the rest of the money go?
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Old Mar 6, 13, 6:37 am
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Originally Posted by omascreener View Post
This article is lumping everyone together. TSOs get no where close to 1000.00 dollars for uniforms. We do however get 317.00 for uniform replacement and 3 shirts and 3 pants for a total of 446.00 dollars a year. Law enforcement officers on the other hand probably get that much.
Okay, then where does the rest of that money go? Do TSMs, AFSDs and FSDs get a clothing allowance for their suits?

And by the way - don't lump TSOs in with LEOs. TSOs are not LEOs, and the fact that you wear uniforms and badges is the only thing you have in common with LEOs.
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Old Mar 6, 13, 7:52 am
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Okay, then where does the rest of that money go? Do TSMs, AFSDs and FSDs get a clothing allowance for their suits?

And by the way - don't lump TSOs in with LEOs. TSOs are not LEOs, and the fact that you wear uniforms and badges is the only thing you have in common with LEOs.
Did I lump us in with LEOs? I don't think so. This is why I don't post on here because I try to clear up some misinformation I get attacked for no good reason. As for the rest of the money I have no idea because I'm only a one striper and I don't make policy but I do have access to the collective bargaining agreement and thats where my figures come from.

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Originally Posted by OldGoat View Post
Additionally, if TSOs only get $446, where does the rest of the money go?
Overhead.
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Originally Posted by omascreener View Post
Did I lump us in with LEOs? I don't think so. This is why I don't post on here because I try to clear up some misinformation I get attacked for no good reason. As for the rest of the money I have no idea because I'm only a one striper and I don't make policy but I do have access to the collective bargaining agreement and thats where my figures come from.
Yes, you did, probably unintentionally.

This article is lumping everyone together. TSOs get no where close to 1000.00 dollars for uniforms. We do however get 317.00 for uniform replacement and 3 shirts and 3 pants for a total of 446.00 dollars a year. Law enforcement officers on the other hand probably get that much.
Your post would have been more effective had you avoided the inference to LEO's. Simply stating the fact of your reimbursement was valuable and appreciated.

This article is lumping everyone together. TSOs get no where close to 1000.00 dollars for uniforms. We do however get 317.00 for uniform replacement and 3 shirts and 3 pants for a total of 446.00 dollars a year.
See the difference?

You are right that TSO's that post here need to wear their Nomex underwear. It comes from the actions of your management and things we put up with at the CP. You may be one of the good guys. Hang around and post a bit. We will let you know.
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Old Mar 6, 13, 9:37 am
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Just when you thought that TSA couldn't possibly get more un-American...
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Old Mar 6, 13, 10:01 am
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Just when you thought that TSA couldn't possibly get more un-American...
Of course, if TSA had contracted with American manufacturers, the cost would've probably been far more than $50M, which would've led more people to criticize the TSA for "wasting" money.

I see this sort of criticism all the time (not just regarding TSA). We want the government to "save money" and to "buy American"; sometimes those goals are contradictory. Can't always have it both ways ...
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