TSA Officers Get $500 Bonuses Amid Shutdown

The TSA administrator announced he is paying a bonus to officers to help alleviate some of the financial hardship of the shutdown.

This may make TSA employees who are not getting their regular paychecks during the partial government shutdown feel a bit better – the agency’s administrator David Pekoske announced on Twitter that he has approved a $500 bonus for each uniformed screening officer.

The bonuses are being paid to officers “in recognition of their hard work during yet another busy holiday travel season, maintaining the highest of security standards during an extraordinary period.” They should show up in TSA employees’ accounts in the next few days.

“While I realize this is not what you are owed for your hard work during pay period 26 and what you deserve, I hope these actions alleviate some of the financial hardship many of you are facing,” wrote Pekoske.

He added that he is able to pay the bonuses “because of unique authorities provided TSA in law.”

He made the announcement in a series of tweets in which he also said that pay had been processed for employees who worked on Saturday, December 22, the day immediately following the start of the lapse in funding.

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