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May 25, 2016 Headline News No Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59The head of security for the US Transportation Security Administration, in charge of airport security screening, has been removed from his position, according to a media report.

Reuters, quoting a memo from TSA head Peter Neffenger, said that Kelly Hoggan, TSA assistant administrator for security operations since May 2013, has been replaced by his deputy, Darby LaJoye, who will serve on an acting basis.

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Reuters reported that Hoggan drew criticism at a US House of Representatives  Oversight Committee hearing on 12 May 2016 for receiving over USD 90,000 in bonuses and awards over a 13-month period in 2013-14.

The reason for Hoggan’s move is not known as the TSA does not comment on personnel matters.

Written by Peter Needham

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