Because they hire rejects from other bureaucracies.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has fired Sonia Pitt, the former MnDOT emergency response executive who lost her state job for failing to return to Minnesota in the days after the I-35W bridge collapse.
Pitt was hired two months ago to work in Washington as a security specialist for the agency’s Transportation Security Administration.
Pitt didn’t just loose her job for “failing to return”.
MnDOT fired Pitt for misusing state money by taking personal trips, violating state ethics policies, embarrassing the agency and abusing her state-paid cell phone.
MnDOT also accused her of making 94 hours of personal calls from her cell phone to a Federal Highway Administration official with whom she was involved in a personal relationship.
So either the TSA thought Pitt would be a fine employee despite her record at MnDOT, or they didn’t check her background before they hired her. Either way the TSA is incompetent.