Physical Security in the Farm Credit Administration's Dallas Field Office

Published by the Farm Credit Administration, Office of Inspector General on 2018-04-19.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

INSPECTOR GENERAL    Inspec on Report
                    Physical Security in the Farm
                      Credit Administra on's
                         Dallas Field Office

                           Tori Kaufman
                           Sonya Cerne
                       Issued April 19, 2018

                      FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION
                                        Physical security controls safeguard FCA employees and
The objective of the inspection was     assets. Physical security is unique in different locations and
to determine the effectiveness of       buildings, and the strongest controls cannot eliminate
controls related to physical security   security risks. However, strong controls and preparedness
in the Dallas field office.             can improve overall security. For this inspection, we
                                        reviewed the Dallas field office. Our review focused on
BACKGROUND                              controls in the following areas:

The Farm Credit Administration            •   Access,
(FCA or Agency) is an independent         •   Computers and other equipment,
Federal agency responsible for            •   Emergency preparedness, and
regulating, examining, and                •   Personnel records.
supervising the Farm Credit System
and the Federal Agricultural            To test physical security controls, we performed
Mortgage Corporation. The               walkthroughs and surveyed selected employees. We
mission of the Agency is to ensure
                                        developed a checklist to test controls in each area. Because
a safe, sound, and dependable
                                        each field office is unique, this checklist served as a
source of credit and related
                                        framework to identify areas for improvement.
services for all creditworthy and
eligible persons in agriculture and
                                        To accomplish our objective, we also reviewed laws,
rural America.
                                        regulations, policies, and procedures; interviewed Agency
FCA employees are critical to           personnel; and reviewed prior reviews related to our
achieving its mission, and the          objective. This inspection was performed in accordance with
Agency identifies its people as a       the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and
strategic priority. A critical aspect   Efficiency’s Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation.
of this priority is physical security
for employees and offices. FCA has      We found controls were in place and generally effective.
its headquarters and a field office     However, we identified opportunities to further improve
in McLean, Virginia. The Agency         physical security in the Dallas field office. The Agency
also has four field offices in          initiated corrective actions based on this review and agreed-
Bloomington, Minnesota; Dallas,         upon actions in physical security inspections conducted
Texas; Denver, Colorado; and            during 2017. Therefore, we are not making any
Sacramento, California.                 recommendations in this report.

The Farm Credit System Building         This report contains sensitive information about FCA and
Association (FCSBA) leases the          potential vulnerabilities that could be used against the
office space for FCA field offices.     Agency; therefore, we are not releasing it publicly.

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