Yep, This'll Help
Security Administration thinks it has found the answer to some of
the agency's biggest problems... including its failure to retain
personnel, persistent equipment troubles, missing
hard drives containing personal data, and
Why, new uniforms, of course.
"As part of TSA's continued efforts to transition the workforce
to a cadre of well-trained, professional transportation security
officers (this seems to imply those before now were, ah, less
than such -- Ed.) uniforms more reflective of
the critical nature of their work and of the high standards they
must uphold will be introduced in the fall," the agency announced
"TSA's National Advisory Council (NAC) identified TSO uniforms
as a major issue among our 43,000 TSOs," the agency continued. "An
independent Uniform Board, comprised of TSOs and managers from all
three TSA regions, was created to work closely with the Office of
Security Operations and recommend changes.
"The board reviewed and developed recommendations on all aspects
of the current uniform -- color, appearance, durability, ease of
care and professional image -- and presented them to TSA
leadership. The initiative was guided by the basic principle that
dress and appearance should promote esprit de corps within
the workforce while instilling trust and confidence in the
"The uniform, in particular, is to stand as a readily
identifiable symbol of the security mission and role of the TSO in
executing the agency's core values: integrity, innovation, and team
spirit," the TSA reports.
"Before being finalized, the new TSO uniform concept was
presented on TSA's Idea Factory, an online forum for TSA employees
to openly and candidly discuss their ideas with other members of
the workforce around the country," the agency concludes. "Prototype
uniforms were unveiled on an employee webcast with Administrator
Kip Hawley in mid-July."