Congress set 33 deadlines; a press release went out each time one was met.
One of the biggest deadlines was met with great fanfare when the TSA announced on Nov. 19, 2002, that it had replaced private airport screeners with a government work force.
The next year, then-TSA chief James Loy told Congress they had met "100 percent of the aviation screening mandates."
The TSA does not make those kind of announcements any more.
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The Bush administration has yet to follow through on a two-year-old plan to find and plug holes in air cargo security.
Officials hope the six-month program will help them figure out how to inspect more cargo on passenger jets for explosives without slowing time-sensitive shipments.
TSA screening flaws endangering fliers
The commission itself met a year ago to hand out failing grades to the government, giving an "F," for example, to improving airline passenger screening.