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To whom it may concern,

I am posting this idea in response to a disturbing issue that is happening in Montana. The airport where I work,(GPI),as well other Montana airports, have applied to return to a private contract screening force. Having worked for a private contractor prior to GPI federalization, I feel this is a step backwards in the evolution of Homeland Security. The de-federalization of Homeland Security is risky, is not cost effective to the taxpayer, and,at GPI, we are losing our most experienced officers at a time when we need them the most.Please take another look at the SPP program, and dount outsource our Homeland Security.


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    Terrence Hill

    Some airports, like San Francisco, are already out-sourced, with no degradation of service. Contractors are not necessarily less qualfied or dedicated than federal employees.

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    San Francisco has never been run by the Federal Government, therefore no comparison can be made. Many of the TSA employees at GPI have been there since Homeland Security took over close to eight years ago. These are hard working men and women simply trying to support their families. In fact the Federal Screening Force at GPI has I believe been rated one of the top performers in the country, why should they now have to face such uncertainty and stress? We live in a very small town with extremely high unemployment, our options are way more limited than the residents of SFO. Why would anyone want to put their livelihoods in the hands of a private contractor that may, or maynot, hire them with the same pay, hours and benefits? These people deserve better and Montana cannot afford to have more people claiming unemployment. Not to mention the fact that going private also costs every tax payer more money. Please re-think!!

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    I wholly agree with Susan Stricker and many other people. I believe that the SPP PROGRAM SHOULD BE STOPPED ALTOGETHER. The DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION work in UNISON to FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM..and to PROTECT OUR MODE'S OF TRANSPORTATION abroad. With that, I believe that the American people have come to recognize us as ONE TEAM- FIGHTING TOGETHER FOR ONE CAUSE. If this "unison" is broken by some airports becoming privatized and some remaining Federal, I feel that the traveling public will begin to view the "private sector" with LESS of a COMMAND PRESENCE than they were previously considered when federalized. When that happens, our NATIONAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM WILL BE BROKEN. While some of the traveling public complains about the security at our airports, I believe that the MAJORITY of them place alot of VALUE in our attempts to keep them safe, and WOULD STAND WITH US.

    In addition to this reason, I believe that it UNNECESSARILY effects MANY, MANY families. At GPI in MONTANA, There may be less DHS/TSA employees than other larger airports, but the NEGATIVE EFFECTS of the airport going private will DESTROY much more than just the Federal employees. It will effect the local economy, (that's already hurting), each employee's family. Many of them will have to re-locate, most, to another state entirely. This will mean their spouse would have to give up their job, children would be taken out of schools, selling their homes (in a bad economy). The LOSS OF BENEFITS and trying to FIND THE ADDED MONEY NEEDED TO MAKE THE MOVE. The great amount of STRESS for the marriage's, children in addition to the ADDED STRESS for trying to find a place to locate to and get settled in quickly. PLEASE, PLEASE - FOR THE SAKE OF FIGHTING TERRORISM, THE WELL TRAINED AND HARD WORKING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND FOR OUR COMMUNITIES - PLEASE STOP THE SPP PROGRAM FROM CONTINUING FORWARD IN MONTANA. THANK YOU FOR WORKING WITH US TO STAND UNITED!!!

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