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What significance did former administrator Kenneth Kasprisin have on the TSA?

Former administrator Kenneth Kasprisin was significant in the TSA for his willingness to point out poor practices. Though he only served as interim deputy administrator of the TSA for two months in 2005, Kasprisin is remembered for his integrity and honesty within the agency.

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Kenneth Kasprisin graduated from West Point and served as a colonel in the United States Army for twenty-six years before beginning his career with the Transportation Safety Administration. His work at the administration reflected the honor and integrity that he learned as a member of the US military.

He held several positions within the TSA, including federal security director for the Minneapolis–Saint Paul (MSP) International Airport. In this role, Kasprisin spoke out about corruption within the administration. One of Kasprisin's colleagues, Drew Rhodes, was threatened with a transfer after pointing out several security flaws within the MSP Airport; Kasprisin took the issue to the TSA headquarters in Washington, DC. They decided that the transfer went against the Federal Whistleblower Act and demanded that Rhodes remain at the MSP Airport.

In June of 2005, Kasprisin was tapped to be the interim deputy administer of the TSA, a position which he held for only two months. However, he used this platform as an opportunity to call attention to corruption within the administration. After another retaliation scandal occurred at the MSP Airport, he told the New York Times that the airport had a pervasive, toxic workplace culture and voiced his support for the punished employee. Following an explosive report in 2015 in which undercover tests found TSA screenings 95% ineffective, Kasprisin told the New York Times that emphasis on reducing wait times over following proper security protocols had taken over the entire administration.

Kasprisin's legacy at the TSA is one of integrity and accountability; his willingness to expose corruption within the administration can be seen as a continuation of his public service to the United States of America.

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