Federal Building and Facility Security: Frequently Asked Questions [May 28, 2014]   [open pdf - 255KB]

"The security of federal government buildings and facilities affects not only the daily operations of the federal government but also the health, well-being, and safety of federal employees and the public. Federal building and facility security is decentralized and disparate in approach, as numerous federal entities are involved and some buildings or facilities are occupied by multiple federal agencies. The federal government is tasked with securing over 446,000 buildings or facilities daily. The September 2001 terrorist attacks, the September 2013 Washington Navy Yard shootings, and the April 2014 Fort Hood shootings have refocused the federal government's attention on building security activities. There has been an increase in the security operations at federal facilities and more intense scrutiny of how the federal government secures and protects federal facilities, employees, and the visiting public. This renewed attention has generated a number of frequently asked questions. This report answers several common questions regarding federal building and facility security, including [1] What is federal facility security? [2] Who is responsible for federal facility security? [3] Is there a national standard for federal facility security? [4] What are the types of threats to federal facilities, employees, and the visiting public? [5] How is threat information communicated among federal facility security stakeholders? [6] What are the potential congressional issues associated with federal facility security?"

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CRS Report for Congress, R43570
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