The Transportation Security Administration is botching its use of bomb-sniffing dogs - or rather, "passenger screening canines" - according to a new report
from the General Accounting Office.
The TSA is allegedly failing to heed the conclusions implicit in its own risk assessments, informs The Hill
, and is dispatching bomb-sniffing dogs to all the wrong airports.
"[The] TSA has not deployed passenger screening canines - trained to identify and track explosives odor on a person - consistent with its risk-based approach," reads the GAO report, "and did not determine [dog] teams' effectiveness prior to deployment."
To better put the TSA's canine personnels' noses to the grindstone, the GAO recommends the agency "take actions to comprehensively assess the effectiveness" of passenger screening dogs, which will apparently begin with reestablishing annual assessments of its canine programs (among other measures that appear to amount to the suggestion: try better next time).
Via The Hill