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Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

After a gunman opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial and Parliament, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wants to beef up security at federal buildings. But as Mark Goldstein, GAO's director of physical infrastructure issues, explained on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, more security means a greater workload for the Federal Protective Service. Reports from the Government Accountability Office show the small agency isn't always prepared for new threats.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Mark Goldstein , GAO , building security , DHS , federal buildings , workforce

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST

Private security guards ill-equipped for federal workplace shooting situations

Audits find contract security personnel, which make up the vast majority of the Federal Protective Service's workforce, receive no meaningful training on how to deal with armed attackers. And many operators of X-ray machines and metal detectors at building entrances likely have never been trained to properly use them.

Tags: DHS , Congress , physical security , GAO , Mark Goldstein , Stephen Amitay , David Wright , Jared Serbu , management

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST

GAO, FPS disagree over ability to assess federal building risk

The Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool does not provide information about the consequences of security incidents at federal facilities, a GAO auditor said. As a result, agencies cannot effectively deploy countermeasures. Still, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said he was happy with FPS' progress in developing MIST.

Tags: building security , IT , DHS , GAO , Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool , Homeland Security Committee , Congress , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Keith BieryGolick , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:51am EDT

Tips for staying safe at work

The director of the Federal Protective Services says there are simple things you can do to mitigate workplace violence.

Tags: management , Gary Schenkel , workplace violence , Dorothy Ramienski

Wednesday - 03/17/2010, 08:00pm EDT

Bill calls for pilot program with federalized guards

Congressman Dent sponsors legislation to test bringing security personnel in house at high security facilities. Bill also would increase oversight by the Federal Protective Service and create guard training standards.

Tags: management , Charles Dent , Bennie Thompson , GAO , House Homeland Security Committee , Federal building security

Monday - 04/19/2010, 02:14pm EDT

House to hold hearings about Federal Protective Service

WFED's Max Cacas brings us a preview.

Tags: management , Congress , Max Cacas

Monday - 11/16/2009, 07:21pm EST

Rank-and-file FPS officers speak out on federal facility security woes

Studies by the Government Accountability Office have uncovered serious shortcomings in security provided at the nation's federal office buildings. But what do Federal security officials and the contract security companies they employ think about solutions to the long-festering problem of building security? Here's Part Two of our coverage of recent House Homeland Security oversight hearings on the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: newsstand , Bennie Thompson , House Homeland Security Committee , Rand Beers , Department of Homeland Security , David Wright , American Federation of Government Employees , Steve Amitay , National Association of Security Companies , Max Cacas

Monday - 11/23/2009, 06:23am EST

House panel uncovers surprise on fed building security

It might surprise you to learn that neither the Federal Protective Service, nor contract security guards, is the final word on security in your federal building. A House panel learned that so-called "local security committees" have unusual power to set what can and cannot come into a building, and even the power to veto security recommendations from the FPS. Officials say they're working to fix that.

Tags: newsstand , Bennie Thompson , House Homeland Security Committee , Max Cacas

Thursday - 11/19/2009, 07:03am EST

As Federal Protective Service turns 15, Congress might change its role

The Daily Debrief gets analysis on this 1th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.

Tags: managment , Oklahoma City , Homeland Security Today , David Silverberg ,

Monday - 04/19/2010, 04:01pm EDT

Bill to strengthen FPS clears Senate committee

A bill to boost training and testing for Federal Protective Service guards cleared the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , SECURE Facilities Act , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , management , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 04:20pm EDT
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