Audit of the United States Marshals Service's Oversight of its Judicial Facilities Security Program [open pdf - 4MB]
"The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the primary provider of court security services to the federal judiciary. The USMS's Judicial Facilities Security Program, which is administered by USMS headquarters and funded by the federal judiciary, provides 2 main services to more than 400 U.S. federal court facilities nationwide: (1) court security officers (CSO), and (2) security systems and equipment, including X-ray machines, surveillance cameras, duress alarms, and judicial chambers entry control devices. The CSOs deployed by the USMS to federal court facilities are contract workers procured through contracts with private security firms in each of the 12 federal judicial circuits. As of June 2010, over 5,000 CSOs were assigned to federal court facilities throughout the United States. As with CSOs, the security systems obtained by the USMS are also obtained through a contract with a private security provider. The USMS seeks to ensure the safety of federal court facilities and judicial proceedings through the use of the CSO program and the security systems it deploys. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, approximately $370 million were allocated by the federal judiciary for the USMS's court security services."
U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Audit Report 11-02
U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General : http://www.justice.gov/