DHS Agency that Secures Federal Buildings is Failing its Mission, GAO Finds

September 11, 2012

The Federal Protective Service collected $236 million in fees last year from agencies to perform security threat assessments on federal buildings, but the agency is failing to perform that job, according to a new audit report.

“FPS currently is not assessing risk at the over 9,000 federal facilities under the custody and control of [the General Services Administration] in a manner consistent with federal standards,” said the Government Accountability Office in a new report released Monday.

GAO said more than 5,000 facilities were supposed to be assessed between 2010 and this year, but GAO said it could not determine how big the backlog is because FPS’ data is so unreliable.

Further, FPS could not say when it last conducted security assessments on 9 percent — or roughly 800 — of federal facilities, GAO found.

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