Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Justice.svgDouglas Wayne DeWeese, 55, of Damascus, Maryland, was sentenced last week to 10 months in prison for theft of property in interstate commerce, along with two years of supervised release and restitution.

DeWeese pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2015.  According to court documents, from 2008 through 2012, DeWeese was employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a Transportation Security Officer responsible for inspecting checked bags at Washington-Dulles International Airport.  While on duty, DeWeese stole items and valuables from passengers’ luggage, including electronics, jewelry and currency.  The defendant transported the stolen items from the airport to his home in Maryland.  DeWeese is no longer a TSA employee.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Peter Neffenger, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.  The case was investigated by the Internal Affairs Division of TSA’s Office of Inspection, FBI’s Washington Field Office, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly R. Pedersen and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney William Glaser are prosecuting the case.

What are your thoughts on the TSA deciding to relocate to Alexandria, Virginia? My Twitter timeline is bursting with virtually the same question from fellow Alexandrians…

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After undertaking a multi-year, regionally competitive process, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will move its headquarters to Alexandria. The agency’s new offices will be located at the Victory Center, an existing vacant office building owned by an investment fund managed by Prudential Real Estate Investors. With the move, TSA will become the anchor of the west end of the Eisenhower Avenue corridor, a commercial mixed-use neighborhood served by the Van Dorn Metrorail Station. The move is scheduled for 2017, when all new headquarters renovation and construction is completed. Approximately 3,400 employees work at TSA headquarters.

The neighborhoods along Eisenhower Avenue have experienced significant transit-oriented growth over the last decade, due to their proximity to three Metrorail stations. The corridor is increasingly becoming a desirable home for government and private sector headquarters. The TSA will join the National Science Foundation headquarters, currently under construction, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office complex, both located to the east on Eisenhower Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood.

“GSA’s decision to locate the TSA headquarters at Victory Center is a huge economic boost for Alexandria as a whole, and for the West End in particular,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “The City is working on a small area plan for Eisenhower West that encourages new investment, redevelopment and business activity. TSA will serve as a catalyst, and will add a daytime office population and on-site retail activity to this developing market.”

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