Federal Buildings Fail Security Tests
Don’t know about you, but this is one of those times I’m glad I don’t work in a federal building. What is supposed to be a relatively safe place to work proved just the opposite as government investigators were allowed to smuggle bomb-making materials into 10 federal buildings.
Yep, right past the police agency charged with protecting those buildings. They also found numerous other gaps in security, according to a congressional report.
“The findings of covert security tests conducted by GAO investigators are stunning and completely unacceptable. In post-9/11 America, I cannot fathom how security breaches of this magnitude were allowed to occur,” said Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on the committee. “These security lapses and others show a disturbing pattern by the Federal Protective Service of poor training, lapsed documentation, lax management, inconsistent enforcement of security standards and little rigor.”
The GAO found other problems with guard training and reported that in one check of security, investigators found a guard asleep on the job after taking the painkiller Percocet. In another, they found a guard failed to recognize or did not properly X-ray a box carrying handguns at the loading dock of a facility.
“As we approach the eighth anniversary of 9/11, and 14 years after Oklahoma City, it is simply unacceptable that federal employees working within buildings under FPS protection, and the visitors who pass through them, are so utterly exposed to potential attack by terrorists and other enemies,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
The budget for this so-called security for federal buildings is about $1 billion, 1,200 full-time employees and about 13,000 contract security guards.
What an excellent display of overpaying for false security, don’t you think? After seeing how well government protects it’s own safety certainly promotes confidence for the rest of us. Yep, more government – that’s what we need.