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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Tags: workforce , DHS , GAO , FPS , Mark Goldstein , federal buildings , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Jeh Johnson , Matt Wingfield , management , contracting

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm EST
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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 , DHS , federal buildings , Federal Protective Service , workforce

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST
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US to increase security at some federal buildings

Tags: DHS , federal buildings ,

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 12:48pm EDT

Lawmakers worried DHS losing faith in Federal Protective Service

The Federal Protective Service will no longer coordinate security at DHS headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest D.C. according to a May 1 memo from the agency's chief security officer to the undersecretary for management. The memo was brought to light Wednesday by members of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee at a hearing on the security of federal buildings. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, cited the DHS memo as a possible sign that "confidence in FPS may be eroding" from within DHS.

Tags: Congress , House , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Lou Barletta , Eric Patterson , David Wright , FPS , DHS , federal buildings

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 04:40pm EDT

Most workplace violence at agencies committed by federal employees

Current and former federal employees, not hardened criminals, committed most acts of workplace violence, according to the Merit Systems Protection Board. The federal workplace was also more violent when compared with the private sector.

Tags: workforce , management , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , workplace violence , Ruben Gomez

Friday - 09/28/2012, 06:29pm EDT

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: IT , DHS , GAO , Federal Protective Service , Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool , Homeland Security Committee , Congress , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Keith BieryGolick , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Unpaid overtime: The long commute

Security checks at federal and military bases are a fact of life. But when it's a 100 percent effort, lots of people spend lots of time doing it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Many feds work a lot of voluntary overtime but how much is too much?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce ,

Monday - 03/12/2012, 02:00am EDT

Wednesday Federal Newscast - July 6, 2011

The latest news affecting federal workers and government contractors. Find out what you need to know to start your day.

Tags: Los Alamos , Federal newscast , Federal Drive , SEC , GAO , GSA , OPM , hurricanes

Wednesday - 07/06/2011, 08:08am EDT

See Something, Say Something expands to feds

All federal buildings owned or managed by GSA will have their walls adorned with posters and signs with a message from DHS. We get details from GSA's Larry Melton.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , DHS , GSA , FPS , federal buildings , Larry Melton

Friday - 12/17/2010, 09:41am EST
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DHS, GSA want feds to 'say something'

The Federal Protective Service is putting posters in 9,000 federal buildings this week, along with a special toll-free hotline, urging federal workers to report suspicious activity.

Tags: management , Janet Napolitano , Martha Johnson , Patterson , DHS, GSA, FPS , federal buildings , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 08:09pm EST
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