Federal Protective Service: Time For Reform, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, July 8, 2009   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Chairman Joseph Lieberman: "The Federal Protective Service is the agency responsible for safeguarding 9,000 Federal buildings, the hundreds of thousands of Federal employees who work in them, and millions of people who come in and out of those buildings every year in cities all across America. Two years ago, Senator Collins, Senator Akaka, Senator Voinovich, and I asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to tell us how the Federal Protective Service (FPS) is doing its job. The answer GAO gives us today is simply that FPS is not doing its job. Most jarring, we will hear today that GAO investigators were able to smuggle liquid bomb-making materials into all of the Federal buildings they tested--that was 10--all of them--past apparently unsuspecting guards who did not possess the equipment to detect it, how they were then able to build real bombs in those 10 cases in restrooms, and then move throughout the buildings unbeknownst to the guards." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan M. Collins, George V. Voinovich, Roland W. Burris, and Claire McCaskill.

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S. Hrg. 111-686; Senate Hearing 111-686
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