Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified Thursday morning before the House Homeland Security Committee about the FY 2019 budget request for DHS.
During Chairman Michael McCaul's (R-TX) opening statement, he expressed disappointment about TSA's slow pace to deploy computed tomography (CT) equipment at airports. While he was pleased with the funding provided in the FY 2018 omnibus appropriations spending bill for CT, McCaul noted that the $71.5 million requested for FY 2019 was "not enough" to mitigate the threats to the aviation security landscape the country currently faces.
In response, Secretary Nielsen stated that CT is critical to detect and help ameliorate emerging aviation security threats. When pressed about whether procurement could be expedited, including through a reprogramming of funds, Nielsen responded that TSA reprogrammed funding in 2017 to expedite CT testing and she would look at this option again if TSA needed it.