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Senate to vote to confirm new TSA administrator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was voting Monday to confirm a new leader for the Transportation Security Administration in the wake of reports of startling security gaps at U.S. airports.

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger was nominated by President Barack Obama in April, before revelations that auditors for the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general were repeatedly able to sneak mock explosives and weapons through security checkpoints.

Neffenger addressed the issue during his confirmation hearing this month, telling senators he would fully identify those gaps and close them if, as expected, he is confirmed by the Senate.

Neffenger would replace John Pistole, who left his post as TSA administrator in December after 4

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