Senators Ask TSA for Status on Shutdown Back Pay

A group of Senators are asking when some TSA employees can expect to receive back pay they are owed from the recent shutdown.

A group of Senators recently sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration asking when agency employees can expect to see back pay that is owed to them from the recent partial government shutdown.

A CNN report said that over 1,000 TSA employees were still owed back pay from the shutdown as of the start of March. This was caused by the agency’s decision to pay a partial paycheck to workers during the shutdown to help alleviate some of the financial burden.

That report is what prompted the lawmakers to ask TSA administrator David Pekoske about the situation. The letter was sent by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Ben Cardin (D-MD).

The Senators’ said in their letter that the situation was “unacceptable and must be fixed immediately” and said the extra pay should go to the affected employees in their next paycheck.

A copy of the letter is included below.

2019-03-07 Senators’ Letter Re: TSA Back Pay

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