The TSA spent $1.4M on an app to tell it who gets a random search


#41

I’m not sure if this is funnier or less funny when you consider that the lyrics didn’t used to say "catch a tiger by the toe."


#42

With the money left over, they could have bought 4+ iPads per airport.


#43

Even that isn’t the contract for the app itself, that’s just the first payment of a 2 year, $1.1 million award against a contract for (quote) “MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT” within the DHS.

There is a performance worksheet missing from the contract which would indicate the particulars.

But this is definitely not just for the app.


#44

They could have just flipped a coin. I’ve git a quarter they can have for $250,000.


#45

That’s a lot of money for what probably boils down to this:


#46

Of course not. It’s pseudo-random.


#47

Compared to the body scanners and the TSA employees themselves, I’m just going to say bravo IBM… Bravo. I especially like the big arrows and touch interface.


#48

Crazy.

Or they could have asked and could have just used this.


#49

Aaaand as expected the app was a small part of even the 336k contract I linked originally. [1] The app itself only cost 47.4k of that 336k.

[1] http://mashable.com/2016/04/04/tsa-ibm-randomizer-app/#LY8LjB96bPq3


#50

Free:


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#52

It was more expensive because they had to produce swatch books with one colour missing…


#53

Is that real?

And the paper bag test would have saved lots of money…


#54

Don’t you know your sense of security is directly related to how much $$ is spent on it? More money must mean it makes the public more safe. :rolling_eyes:

If the US spent the money they spent on security theatre on social programs instead maybe it could stop being a police state afraid of its own people.


#55

Someone already made this and it’s free (looks like they spent 10 seconds on it). Why spend $1.4 million dollars of tax payer money on this!!! http://left-or-right.org


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