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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.

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

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

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.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 04:32am EST
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Agencies doing job they already paid FPS to do

A new Government Accountability Office report says the Federal Protective Service isn't doing enough to safeguard more than 9,000 federal buildings.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 03:46pm EDT

More guidance needed for emergency telework plans

While the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 required agencies to include telework policies in their continuity of operation plans, GAO found agencies lack a definition of what "inclusion" means.

Sunday - 07/24/2011, 06:23pm EDT

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.

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

Analyst welcomes plan to bolster Federal Protective Service

Wendell Shingler of the Adfero Group discusses improving the FPS's ability to protect 9,000 federal buildings.

Friday - 04/15/2011, 05:16pm EDT
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Fixing FPS gets another shot

Are changes coming to the federal protective service? We'll hear from Mississippi representative Bennie Thompson who says that change MUST happen, and soon.

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 10:36am EST
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POLL: Do you feel safe at work?

In light of the shootings in Arizona, Federal News Radio wants to know how safe feds feel at their workplace.

Monday - 01/10/2011, 02:05pm EST

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.

Friday - 12/17/2010, 09:41am EST
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Federalizing the FPS: AFGE weighs in

Reform is on the way for the FPS, an agency responsible for security at over 9,000 federal facilities and courthouses. AFGE's David Wright says the move is very welcome for his members.

Monday - 10/04/2010, 10:40am EDT
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Bill could federalize some private security guards

Eight reports to Congress over the last six years have pointed out numerous shortcomings in the Federal Protective Service. The issues include inadequate training and supervision of contract guards, insufficient staff and budget, and security breaches that have allowed bomb-making materials to be smuggled into supposedly secure buildings. Now, lawmakers say enough is enough, and have introduced legislation designed to modernize and reform the FPS, which is responsible for security in 9,000 federal buildings and courthouses.

Wednesday - 09/22/2010, 05:03pm 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.

Monday - 08/09/2010, 09:08am EDT
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Rep. Thompson: Federal Protective Service must do better

GAO officials told a House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday that FPS has repeatedly failed to manage its contract workforce and should consider other approaches to protecting federal buildings. Rep. Bennie Thompson joins us with details.

Thursday - 04/15/2010, 11:10am EDT
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