The head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the federal government may shift $58 million Congress allocated for port security to some other purpose. Senator Patty Murray, who led the campaign for the money, is unhappy. “That’s really disconcerting,” she told James Loy, TSA administrator. “I do not want to see any of that money diverted. This is what Congress said it was to be spent for,” the Seattle Times reports
Last year, Congress voted to give the TSA $28 million for Operation Safe Commerce, which would track containers entering ports in Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Long Beach and New York and New Jersey. Earlier this year, Congress put $30 million more into the operation.
When Murray asked Loy if he could “assure me that all $58 million will be spent on this and it won’t be diverted to some other program under TSA,” Loy responded: “I cannot assure you of that.” He said budget shortfalls within the agency had officials scrambling. So far, the agency has spent nothing on “Safe Commerce.”