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Quest: 45,000 federal passenger screeners. (Security Beat).

As the Transportation Security Administration prepares to become part of the new Department of Homeland Security, it is congratulating itself for successfully completing the largest peacetime mobilization in the nation's history.

Congress created TSA in the aftermath of 9/11 and ordered it to establish, train and deploy a federal security force in all of the nation's 429 commercial airports by Nov. 19, 2002. In March, TSA awarded a $103.4 million contract to NCS Pearson, a Minnesota-based education, testing and data-management firm, to help the agency meet that deadline. It was a "Herculean task," said Mac Curtis, president of NCS Pearson's Government Solutions subsidiary, of Arlington, Va.

During the intervening months, he said, NCS Pearson responded to more than 5.9 million job inquiries over the Internet, processing more than 1.4 million job applications. It held more than 89 job fairs in 56 cities. The firm assessed more than 430,000 prospective applicants in more than 150 assessment centers located all over the United States and its territories. More than 125,000 were found to be qualified, and of those, 45,000 were hired as federal passenger screeners.
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Author:Book, Elizabeth G.
Publication:National Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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