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Homeland Security Unable to Protect its Buildings

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07/26/2012 01:10 PM
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Homeland Security Unable to Protect its Buildings
After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the government realized it had a problem. There were no minimum security standards or an inspection regime for the thousands of federal facilities sprawled across the country. So it developed a plan, accelerated after 9/11, to test federal buildings and other sites for potential vulnerabilities. To carry out the tests, the government deployed a web-enabled software program that cost millions and failed to work. Now the programís replacement may be even worse.

According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Securityís police and security agency is preparing to adopt a new software tool for inspections, but one that canít accurately measure security risks. The Federal Protective Service (FPS) also doesnít know the extent of its inspection backlog because its data is unreliable. There are federal facilities that seemingly havenít been inspected in years. The FPS ďcontinues to face challenges in overseeing its approximately 12,500 contract guards,Ē. And before the agency adopts the new tool, itís using a temporary program that can hardly inspect at all.

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