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In Depth Show Blog - December 23, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Marina Martin , David Hawkings , In Depth

Monday - 12/23/2013, 05:09pm 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 , Federal Protective Service , Congress , physical security , GAO , Stephen Amitay , David Wright , Jared Serbu , management

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST
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Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Tom Carper , Jason Chaffetz , GAO , Kim Burke , Jones Lang LaSalle , David Winstead , John Simeon

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: DoD , DHS , House , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , GAO , Jeff Duncan , FPS , Eric Patterson , Greg Marshall , security , Michael OConnell , House Homeland Security Committee

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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In Depth Show Blog - November 4, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , David Hawkings

Monday - 11/04/2013, 04:19pm 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 , Federal Protective Service , Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool , Homeland Security Committee , Congress , Eric Patterson , Keith BieryGolick , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:51am EDT
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GAO explains why your building might not be safe

Among other issues, the GAO finds Facility Security Committees have operated since 1995 without procedures that outline how they should operate or make decisions, or that establish accountability. Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at GAO has more details.

Tags: Federal Drive , GAO , Federal building security , DHA , GSA , FPS , FSC ,

Monday - 08/09/2010, 09:08am EDT
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Downsizing courts could save GSA big bucks

Federal courthouses built larger than necessary have cost millions while the extra space requires even more to maintain. We talked with the author of a new report on the topic, Mark Goldstein, the Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at GAO.

Tags: Federal Drive , GSA , GAO , federal courthouses , Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 05/27/2010, 10:08am EDT
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FPS ramps up reform efforts, again

Eric Patterson, director of the Federal Protective Service, said at a recent hearing that reworking the agency's current reform programs will help to improve past issues of training, communication and security.

Tags: security , hiring , DHS , FPS , SECURE Facilities Act , ramp , House Homeland Security Committee , facility security , federal buildings , Eric Patterson , training , management , Courtney Thompson

Monday - 07/18/2011, 01:23pm EDT
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