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TSA Official 'Removed' After Reports of Bonuses

Head of security operations has been replaced by his deputy, reports say

Transportation Security Administration chief Peter Neffenger, left, has reportedly replaced the head of security operations at the agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Transportation Security Administration official who was targeted during a recent House committee hearing about big bonuses and soul-crushing airport lines has been "removed from his position," the House Oversight Committee announced on Twitter Tuesday .

Kelly Hoggan, the head of of security operations at the TSA, came under fire during the May 12 hearing for receiving more than $90,000 in bonuses and awards over a 13-month period in 2013-14, according to media reports.

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T he payments came in spite of slowing security lines and a report by the Department of Homeland Security that detailed numerous security failures at airports around the country.
 
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Hoggan was replaced by his deputy, Darby LaJoye, who will serve on an acting basis, according to a memo from agency head Peter Neffenger, several media outlets reported.

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