More great news courtesy of everyone's favorite new crapola federal bureaucracy, the Transportation Security Administration. Today's Wash Post tallies "The High Cost of a Rush to Security." The short version: A federal audit challenges $300 million of the $741 million spent to "assess and hire airport passenger screeners" in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Among the lowlights flagged in the Post's account:

$526.95 for one phone call from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago to Iowa City.

$1,180 for 20 gallons of Starbucks Coffee--$3.69 a cup--at the Santa Clara Marriott in California.

$1,540 to rent 14 extension cords at $5 each per day for three weeks at the Wyndham Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo.

$8,100 for elevator operators at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.

$5.4 million claimed for nine months' salary for the chief executive of an "event logistics" firm that received a contract before it was incorporated and went out of business after the contract ended.

Whole thing here.

Reason chronicled "the sorry record of the TSA" here.