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TSA vendor accused of manipulating tests of body-imaging technology for airport scanners

Excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek

Nov 15, 2012 12:42 pm

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As blame is being passed around from the TSA to second- and third-party contractors for allowing the inappropriate exposure, policy officials can pause to ponder what it would be like if the entire TSA was privatized.

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OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan unit, one of two suppliers of passenger-scanning machines in U.S. airports, may have falsified tests of software intended to stop the machines from recording graphic images of travelers, a U.S. lawmaker said.

The company “may have attempted to defraud the government by knowingly manipulating an operational test,” Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Transportation Security Subcommittee, said in a letter to Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole Nov. 13. Rogers said his committee received a tip about the faked tests.

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