Report: No Spending Cap for TSA Recruiters

In the rush to hire airport screeners after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the newly formed Transportation Security Administration spent as much as $143,432 per screener on recruitment in Topeka, Kan.


NCS Pearson is now Pearson Government Solutions, based in Arlington, Va.

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The Homeland Security Department's inspector general compiled a list of the top 20 assessment centers used by NCS Pearson, ranked by highest cost per person hired:

  • Topeka, Kan., 4 people, $143,432

  • Barrow, Alaska, 2 people, $128,368

  • Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 9 people, $63,465

  • Watertown-Massena, N.Y., 25 people, $63,279

  • Hyannis, Mass., 33 people, $62,265

  • Duck Key, Fla., 27 people, $61,431

  • Lanai City, Hawaii, 14 people, $59,266

  • Houghton Lake, Mich., 10 people, $55,394

  • Nome, Alaska, 8 people, $51,095

  • Eureka, Calif., 16 people, $48,593

  • Sheridan, Wyo., 32 people, $47,131

  • Kodiak, Alaska, 9 people, $46,668

  • Casper, Wyo., 21 people, $46,164

  • Easton, Md., 18 people, $44,102

  • Scottsbluff, Neb., 26 people, $43,679

  • Rapid City, S.D., 37 people, $43,648

  • Bradford, Pa., 19 people, $42,223

  • Telluride, Colo., 51 people, $39,727

  • Rochester, Minn., 45 people, $38,417

  • Juneau, Alaska, 66 people, $38,215

  • Source: Homeland Security Department Inspector General

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