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TSA Chief Reassigned Following Report Of Sweeping Security Failures

A TSA investigation found undercover investigators were able to smuggle weapons through security checkpoints 95% of the time, ABC News reported. The acting administrator of the TSA was reassigned Monday night.

Posted on June 1, 2015, at 10:09 p.m. ET

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The leader of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday following revelations that security checkpoints failed to detect 95% of weapons and banned items during undercover tests.

ABC News first reported the security failures on Monday, following a series of tests by undercover members of the Department of Homeland Security. In 67 of the 70 tests, the TSA failed to detect potential weapons, ABC News reported.

Following ABC's report, Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson announced a shakeup in the TSA leadership "effective immediately."

According to a statement, acting administrator Melvin Carraway would be reassigned to another office within Homeland Security. Deputy acting administrator Mark Hatfield will lead the TSA until a new acting administrator is appointed, Johnson said.

Carraway had been with the TSA for 11 years.

Johnson also urged the Senate to quickly confirm the current nominee to lead the TSA on a permanent basis — Coast Guard Vice Admiral Pete Neffenger, who was nominated in April by President Obama.

Earlier on Monday, Johnson said that covert testing of TSA security measures would continue. He added that training would specifically address the recent findings.

"The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security," Johnson said in a statement. "We take these findings very seriously in our continued effort to test, measure and enhance our capabilities and techniques as threats evolve."

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