BRAC and Beyond: An Examination of the Rationale behind Federal Security Standards for Leased Space, Hearing Before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, July 27, 2005   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Tom Davis: "The Federal Government owns or leases approximately 3.4 billion square feet of space. As the Federal Government's primary property management, GSA [General Services Administration] is responsible for a large percentage of that space, while other agencies, such as DOD [Department of Defense] have independent land holding and leasing authorities. These agencies are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the sites they own and lease. In light of foreign and domestic terrorist attacks against U.S. targets over the past 10 years, Federal agencies have been at a heightened state of alert. In fact, the threat of terrorist attacks against Federal facilities was one of several factors that prompted GAO [Government Accountability Office] to include Federal property on its January 2003 high risk list. We need to take every possible measure to secure and protect Federal facilities, employees and visitors. [...] Given the government's reliance on leased space and the unique challenges of securing privately owned sites, the committee is interested in learning more about the development and implementation of security standards for leased space. Today we will evaluate the rationale behind the different leased space standards and how they are implemented by agencies. We are going to hear from Congressman Jim Moran and three agencies that have been actively involved in the development and implementation of security standards for leased spaces, DHS [Department of Homeland Security], GSA and DOD." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James P. Moran, Dwight Williams, F. Joseph Moravec, Get Moy, John Jester, Tom Davis, Steven C. LaTourette, Jon C. Porter, and Henry A. Waxman.

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