Transportation Security Administration staff must undergo extensive background checks
during the application process for an open position.
The Star-Ledger reports that they've recently been required to submit to more extensive screenings to ensure that they have national security clearance. The agency is requiring the additional checks to confirm employees are authorized to be in direct contact with possible terror threats and are qualified to handle information that may cause "serious damage to national security," the agency wrote in a document, as quoted by the news source. "Providing this level of security clearance allows TSA to disseminate relevant intelligence reports to enhance the ability of the frontline employees to perform their duties," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Financial and credit histories will also be required, to certify that cleared employees won't be susceptible to bribes from terrorists. MENAFN reports that due to the financial problems some employees have suffered since the recession, their jobs may now be on the line.