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A passenger passes by a sign for the Transportation Security Administration's TSA Precheck line in Boston Logan. Photo: Charles Krupa / AP

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) did not properly prepare for the volume of applications to its PreCheck program, which is intended to expedite passengers’ screening process at airports, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

The problem stems from TSA’s plans to enroll 25 million passengers in TSA PreCheck by the end of 2019, a summer surge in applications, and the lack of adequate resources in place to handle all the applications. Although 74% of applicants are approved automatically, 26% must go through manual adjudication, a process which covers questions that may have raised flags the first time around.

Impact: The TSA agreed to the OIG’s recommendations and will be reviewing its processes and adding additional staff to enable a speedier review, TSA Administrator David Pekoske tells Axios.

  • TSA PreCheck lines might be longer in 2019. With more PreCheck passengers, “those lines might get a little bit longer” Pekoske says. Average wait times for the most recent holiday travel period for PreCheck passengers were on average less than 5 minutes.

This has been updated to reflect the most recent holiday wait times.

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) forced Senate clerks to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, which took nearly 11 hours and lasted until 2:05 a.m. Friday. The Senate then adjourned and is expected to reconvene at 9 a.m. to debate the bill before considering amendments.

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Why it matters: The changes resulted in a "significant undercount of the death toll attributed to the state’s most vulnerable population," the WSJ wrote.

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An outspoken progressive Democrat is wary of President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, arguing it’s like “conceding defeat of the aspiration” to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Why it matters: A number of members of Biden’s own party dislike his Middle East strategy, as his administration signals the region is no longer the priority it was for President Obama and his predecessors.