Now Congress working to cement the system.
(From Federal Executive)
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., introduced the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act (H.R. 1140) on Tuesday, which would grant TSA employees full Title 5 civil service protections, including access to the Merit Systems Protection Board, official time for representational work and the General Schedule wage system.
When the agency was founded following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Congress gave the TSA administrator broad discretion in workforce management, including in hiring, compensation and performance management.