Securing Federal Facilities: Challenges of the Federal Protective Service and the Need for Reform, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, July 13, 2011   [open pdf - 322KB]

From the opening statement of Daniel E. Lungren: "Recent terrorist attacks have demonstrated that security at these government buildings is absolutely necessary. In 1995, the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed with a truck bomb killing 168 people, including 19 children. Since then, other attempted attacks have occurred in government and public facilities including the fatal shooting of the Holocaust Museum security guard in June 2009 in Washington, D.C.; the man who flew a small plane into the Internal Revenue Service office in Austin, Texas killing an IRS employee in February 2010; and the recent discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) placed near the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit, Michigan. […] Our hearing today, will examine several perennial problems which have impacted the FPS [Federal Protective Service] Mission. One problem identified by GAO [Government Accountability Office] and illustrated by the IED incident is the need for enhanced training for contract guards. This training curriculum and FPS certification should be available to the contract guards to insure that they possess the appropriate skills to meet their contract requirements. Additionally, GAO also highlighted the need for more robust FPS oversight of the 14,000 contract security guard force." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Yvette D. Clarke, Bennie G. Thompson, L. Eric Patterson, Mark L. Goldstein, Steve Amitay, and David L. Wright.

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