Ahhh. Homeland security never felt so good.
According to the Associated Press, TSA spokesman Brian Turmail said the resort was chosen not for the fluffy slippers and teeming mini-bars, but "because it was the only one in the area that had the sophisticated telecommunications equipment that recruiters needed."
And that would be . . . the intercom system between the oversize bathrooms? The walkie-talkies for those on the ski lift trying to contact their colleagues at the massage parlor?
Elsewhere, NCS Pearson botched recruitment efforts as a result of a costly internal "process and coordination breakdown." Over a two-month period last summer, more than 1,100 people nationwide were hired but never called to duty. NCS Pearson and TSA apparently lost track of the new employees, many of whom had already quit their old jobs and were waiting to be called up for orientation. The Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune reports that TSA has promised to take on the lost employees, even though screener positions have already been filled.
NCS Pearson has since been replaced by TSA. But the firm still holds several lucrative federal contracts totaling more than $500 million -- including a $140 million deal to manage and operate three national customer-service call centers for federal immigration services.
Deeper into the homeland-security money pit we go. Where the traditional watchdogs for limited government are, nobody knows.