ABSTRACT

Facility Security: Federal Protective Service's and Selected Federal Tenants' Sharing of and Response to Incident Information   [open pdf - 938KB]

"The April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City and more recent events, such as the February 2012 shooting at the Anderson Federal Building in Long Beach, California, and the September 2013 Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C., demonstrate the continued vulnerability of federal facilities to security incidents. Security incidents that may affect federal facilities, their occupants, and visitors, include verbal threats against employees and demonstrations, which could increase security risks. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) is responsible for protecting almost 9,000 federal facilities held or leased by the General Services Administration (GSA). You asked us to examine how FPS and federal tenants share and respond to information about incidents. This report formally transmits information provided at a briefing held with your offices FPS protects these facilities by, among other things, sharing and responding to incident information. Federal tenants that occupy GSA-held or leased space also have a role in facility protection on February 10, 2015. The enclosure presents our findings regarding (1) how FPS and selected federal tenants identify and share information they receive on security incidents; (2) the actions, if any, that FPS and selected federal tenants take to respond to incident information, and the factors that guide their responses; and (3) the challenges, if any, that FPS and selected federal tenants face in sharing and responding to incident information."

Report Number:
GAO-15-406R
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Date:
2015-04-27
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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