ABSTRACT

Federal Facilities: Selected Facilities' Emergency Plans Generally Reflect Federal Guidance, Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Recent emergencies, such as earthquakes in the nation's capital, have raised concerns about how prepared federal agencies are in the 9,600 facilities owned or leased by GSA [General Services Administration] and protected by the Department of Homeland Security's FPS [Federal Protective Service] to safely evacuate occupants in federal buildings. All federal agencies are required to prepare OEPs [Occupant Emergency Plans] for their facilities, which describe actions agencies should take to plan for a safe evacuation during an emergency. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to provide information on how prepared GSA-owned and -leased facilities are to evacuate occupants during an emergency. This report describes (1) who is responsible for ensuring that federal facilities have OEPs in place and the extent to which selected facilities' OEPs reflect federal guidance, and (2) the evacuation challenges, if any, selected facilities experienced and what actions, if any, they reported taking to address these issues. GAO reviewed federal regulations and guidance on OEPs, including documents from ISC [Interagency Security Committee], GSA, and FPS, which develop government-wide physical security standards and policies, such as minimum elements for OEPs. GAO also reviewed OEPs and interviewed facility officials at 20 GSA-owned and -leased facilities, selected based on geographic dispersion, recent evacuations, and facility security level. While not generalizable to all GSA-owned and -leased facilities the results provided perspectives of varying facilities."

Report Number:
GAO-14-101
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Date:
2013-10-25
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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