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Federal Protective Service: Preliminary Results on Efforts to Assess Facility Risks and Oversee Contract Guards

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 2012-07-24.

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

                             United States Government Accountability Office

GAO                          Testimony
                             Before the Subcommittee on
                             Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection,
                             and Security Technologies of the House
                             Committee on Homeland Security
                             FEDERAL PROTECTIVE
For Release on Delivery
Expected at 10:00 a.m. EDT
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

                             SERVICE
                             Preliminary Results on
                             Efforts to Assess Facility
                             Risks and Oversee Contract
                             Guards
                             Statement of Mark L. Goldstein, Director
                             Physical Infrastructure Issues




GAO-12-943T
                                              July 24, 2012

                                              FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE
                                              Preliminary Results on Efforts to Assess Facility
                                              Risks and Oversee Contract Guards
Highlights of GAO-12-943T, testimony before
the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity,
Infrastructure Protection, and Security
Technologies of the House Committee on
Homeland Security


Why GAO Did This Study                        What GAO Found
FPS provides security and law                 GAO’s preliminary results indicate that the Department of Homeland Security’s
enforcement services to over 9,000            (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) is not assessing risks at federal facilities
federal facilities managed by the             in a manner consistent with standards such as the National Infrastructure
General Services Administration               Protection Plan’s (NIPP) risk management framework, as FPS originally planned.
(GSA). GAO has reported that FPS              Instead of conducting risk assessments, since September 2011, FPS’s
faces challenges providing security           inspectors have collected information, such as the location, purpose, agency
services, particularly completing FSAs        contacts, and current countermeasures (e.g., perimeter security, access controls,
and managing its contract guard               and closed-circuit television systems). This information notwithstanding, FPS has
program. To address these challenges,
                                              a backlog of federal facilities that have not been assessed for several years.
FPS spent about $35 million and 4
                                              According to FPS’s data, more than 5,000 facilities were to be assessed in fiscal
years developing RAMP—essentially a
risk assessment and guard oversight
                                              years 2010 through 2012. However, GAO was not able to determine the extent of
tool. However, RAMP ultimately could          FPS’s facility security assessment (FSA) backlog because the data were
not be used to do either because of           unreliable. Multiple agencies have expended resources to conduct risk
system problems.                              assessments, even though they also already pay FPS for this service.
This testimony is based on preliminary        FPS has an interim vulnerability assessment tool, referred to as the Modified
work for the Chairman and discusses           Infrastructure Survey Tool (MIST), which it plans to use to assess federal
the extent to which FPS is (1)                facilities until it develops a longer-term solution. In developing MIST, FPS
completing risk assessments, (2)              generally followed GAO’s project management best practices, such as
developing a tool to complete FSAs,           conducting user acceptance testing. However, our preliminary analysis indicates
and (3) managing its contract guard           that MIST has some limitations. Most notably, MIST does not estimate the
workforce. GAO reviewed FPS                   consequences of an undesirable event occurring at a facility. Three of the four
documents, conducted site visits at 3         risk assessment experts GAO spoke with generally agreed that a tool that does
of FPS’s 11 regions and interviewed           not estimate consequences does not allow an agency to fully assess risks. FPS
officials from FPS, Argonne National          officials stated that they did not include consequence information in MIST
Laboratory, GSA, Department of                because it was not part of the original design and thus requires more time to
Veterans Affairs, the Federal Highway         validate. MIST also was not designed to compare risks across federal facilities.
Administration, Immigration and               Thus, FPS has limited assurance that critical risks at federal facilities are being
Customs Enforcement, and guard
                                              prioritized and mitigated.
companies; as well as 4 risk
management experts.                           GAO’s preliminary work indicates that FPS continues to face challenges in
                                              overseeing its approximately 12,500 contract guards. FPS developed the Risk
What GAO Recommends                           Assessment and Management Program (RAMP) to help it oversee its contract
                                              guard workforce by verifying that guards are trained and certified and for
GAO is not making any                         conducting guard post inspections. However, FPS faced challenges using RAMP
recommendations in this testimony.            for guard oversight, such as verifying guard training and certification information,
GAO plans to finalize its analysis and
                                              and has recently determined that it would no longer use RAMP. Without a
report to the Chairman in August 2012,
                                              comprehensive system, it is more difficult for FPS to oversee its contract guard
including recommendations. GAO
discussed the information in this             workforce. FPS is verifying guard certification and training information by
statement with FPS and incorporated           conducting monthly audits of guard information maintained by guard contractors.
technical comments as appropriate.            However, FPS does not independently verify the contractor’s information.
                                              Additionally, according to FPS officials, FPS recently decided to deploy a new
                                              interim method to record post inspections that replaces RAMP.



View GAO-12-943T. For more information,
contact Mark L. Goldstein at (202) 512-2834
or goldsteinm@gao.gov

                                                                                       United States Government Accountability Office
Chairman Lungren, Ranking Member Clarke, and Members of the
Subcommittee:

We are pleased to be here today to discuss the Department of Homeland
Security’s (DHS) Federal Protective Service’s (FPS) efforts to complete
risk assessments of the over 9,000 federal facilities under the custody
and control of the General Services Administration (GSA) and oversee its
contract guards in the absence of its Risk Assessment and Management
Program (RAMP), a Web-enabled facility security assessment (FSA) and
guard management system. As we reported in July 2011, FPS had spent
about $35 million and taken almost 4 years to develop RAMP—$14
million and 2 years more than planned—but still could not use RAMP to
complete FSAs because of several factors, including that FPS did not
verify the accuracy of the federal facility data used. 1 As a result, FPS’s
Director decided to stop using RAMP to conduct FSAs and instead
pursue an interim tool to replace it. FPS also experienced difficulty using
RAMP to ensure that its guards met training and certification
requirements, primarily because of challenges in verifying guards’ data. 2
In June 2012, FPS also decided to stop using RAMP to help oversee its
contract guard program.

For fiscal year 2012, FPS has a budget of $1.3 billion, with over 1,200
full-time employees and about 12,500 contract security guards, to achieve
its mission to protect federal facilities. As part of the FSA process, FPS
generally attempts to gather and review facility information; conduct and
record interviews with tenant agencies; assess threats, vulnerabilities,
and consequences to facilities, employees, and the public; and
recommend countermeasures to federal tenant agencies. FPS’s contract
guards are responsible for controlling access to federal facilities,
screening access areas to prevent the introduction of weapons and
explosives, enforcing property rules and regulations, detecting and
reporting criminal acts, and responding to emergency situations involving




1
 GAO, Federal Protective Service: Actions Needed to Resolve Delays and Inadequate
Oversight Issues with FPS’s Risk Assessment and Management Program, GAO-11-705R
(Washington, D.C.: July 15, 2011).

GAO-11-705R.
2




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facility safety and security. FPS relies on the fees it charges federal
tenant agencies in GSA–controlled facilities to fund its security services. 3

This testimony is based on preliminary results of work we conducted for a
report that we plan to issue to the Chairman in August 2012. That report
will contain our final evaluation and recommendations. Consistent with
the report’s objectives, this statement addresses the extent to which FPS
is (1) completing risk assessments, (2) developing a tool to complete
FSAs, and (3) managing its contract guard workforce. To examine the
extent to which FPS is completing risk assessments and overseeing
guards without RAMP, we reviewed, among other things, FPS’s current
FSA procedures and data on completed and planned FSAs for fiscal
years 2010 to 2012. Specifically, we reviewed FPS’s FSA data
aggregated from its 11 regions to determine the extent of its FSA backlog.
However, we could not determine the extent of the backlog because
FPS’s data contained a number of missing and incorrect values which
made the data unreliable. We also visited 3 of FPS’s 11 regions and
interviewed internal and external stakeholders including, among others,
FPS, GSA, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Highway
Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and guard
companies. We selected these 3 regions based on the number of federal
facilities in the region and their security levels, the number of contract
guards in the region, and geographic dispersion. Our work is not
generalizable to all FPS regions. To determine the status of FPS’s efforts
to develop an FSA tool, we reviewed, among other things, relevant
project documents and federal physical security standards, such as
DHS’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan’s (NIPP) risk management
framework. We also interviewed FPS officials, representatives from
Argonne National Laboratory, and four risk management experts. We
selected our four risk assessment experts from a list of individuals who
participated in the Comptroller General’s 2007 risk management forum. 4
This work is being conducted in accordance with generally accepted
government auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan
and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide
a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit



3
 40 U.S.C. § 586; 41 C.F.R. § 102-85.35; Pub. L. No. 111-83, 123 Stat. 2142, 2156-57
(2009).
GAO, Highlights of a Forum: Strengthening the Use of Risk Management Principles in
4

Homeland Security, GAO-08-627SP (Washington, D.C.: April 2008).




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                          objectives. We believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable
                          basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives.


                          Our preliminary results indicate that, in the absence of RAMP, FPS
FPS Does Not              currently is not assessing risk at the over 9,000 federal facilities under the
Currently Assess          custody and control of GSA in a manner consistent with federal standards
                          such as NIPP’s risk management framework, as FPS originally planned.
Risks at Federal          According to this framework, to be considered credible a risk assessment
Facilities but Multiple   must specifically address the three components of risk: threat, vulnerability,
                          and consequence. As a result, FPS has accumulated a backlog of federal
Agencies Are              facilities that have not been assessed for several years. According to FPS
Conducting Their          data, more than 5,000 facilities were to be assessed in fiscal years 2010
Own Assessments           through 2012. However, we were not able to determine the extent of the
                          FSA backlog because we found FPS’s FSA data to be unreliable.
                          Specifically, our analysis of FPS’s December 2011 assessment data
                          showed nearly 800 (9 percent) of the approximately 9,000 federal facilities
                          did not have a date for when the last FSA was completed. We have
                          reported that timely and comprehensive risk assessments play a critical
                          role in protecting federal facilities by helping decision makers identify and
                          evaluate potential threats so that countermeasures can be implemented to
                          help prevent or mitigate the facilities’ vulnerabilities. 5

                          Although FPS is not currently assessing risk at federal facilities, FPS
                          officials stated that the agency is taking steps to ensure federal facilities
                          are safe. According to FPS officials, its inspectors (also referred to as law
                          enforcement security officers) monitor the security posture of federal
                          facilities by responding to incidents, testing countermeasures, and
                          conducting guard post inspections. In addition, since September 2011,
                          FPS’s inspectors have collected information—such as location, purpose,
                          agency contacts, and current countermeasures (e.g., perimeter security,
                          access controls, and closed-circuit television systems) at over 1,400
                          facilities—which will be used as a starting point to complete FPS’s fiscal
                          year 2012 assessments. However, FPS officials acknowledged that this
                          approach is not consistent with NIPP’s risk management framework.
                          Moreover, several FPS inspectors told us that they received minimal
                          training or guidance on how to collect this information, and expressed


                          5
                           GAO, Homeland Security: Greater Attention to Key Practices Would Improve the Federal
                          Protective Service’s Approach to Facility Protection, GAO-10-142 (Washington, D.C.:
                          Oct. 23, 2009).




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                            concern that the facility information collected could become outdated by
                            the time it is used to complete an FSA.


Multiple Federal Agencies   We reported in February 2012 that multiple federal agencies have been
Are Conducting Their Own    expending additional resources to conduct their own risk assessments, in
Risk Assessments            part because they have not been satisfied with FPS’s past assessments. 6
                            These assessments are taking place even though, according to FPS’s
                            Chief Financial Officer, FPS received $236 million in basic security fees
                            from federal agencies to conduct FSAs and other security services in
                            fiscal year 2011. 7 For example, officials we spoke with at the Internal
                            Revenue Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency,
                            Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
                            stated that they conduct their own risk assessments. GSA is also
                            expending additional resources to assess risk. We reported in October
                            2010 that GSA officials did not always receive timely FPS risk
                            assessments for facilities GSA considered leasing. 8 GSA seeks to have
                            these assessments completed before it takes possession of a property
                            and leases it to tenant agencies. However, our preliminary work indicates
                            that as of June 2012, FPS has not coordinated with GSA and other
                            federal agencies to reduce or prevent duplication of its assessments.


                            In September 2011, FPS signed an interagency agreement with Argonne
FPS Efforts to              National Laboratory for about $875,000 to develop an interim tool for
Develop a Risk              conducting vulnerability assessments by June 30, 2012. 9 According to
Assessment Tool Are         FPS officials, on March 30, 2012, Argonne National Laboratory delivered
                            this tool, called the Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool (MIST), to FPS on
Evolving, but               time and within budget. MIST is an interim vulnerability assessment tool
Challenges Remain           that FPS plans to use until it can develop a permanent solution to replace




                            GAO, 2012 Annual Report: Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and
                            6

                            Fragmentation, Achieve Savings and Enhance Revenue, GAO-12-342SP (Washington,
                            D.C.: February 2012).
                            7
                             FPS currently charges tenant agencies in properties under GSA control a basic security
                            fee of $0.74 per square foot per year for its security services including physical security
                            and law enforcement activities as per 41 C.F.R. § 102-85.35.

                            GAO-10-142.
                            8



                            As of March 2012, FPS’s total life cycle cost for MIST was estimated at $5 million.
                            9




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RAMP. According to MIST project documents and FPS officials, among
other things, MIST will:

•    allow FPS’s inspectors to review and document a facility’s security
     posture, current level of protection, and recommend
     countermeasures;

•    provide FPS’s inspectors with a standardized way for gathering and
     recording facility data; and

•    allow FPS to compare a facility’s existing countermeasures against
     the Interagency Security Committee’s (ISC) countermeasure
     standards based on the ISC’s predefined threats to federal facilities
     (e.g., blast-resistant windows for a facility designed to counter the
     threat of an explosive device) to create the facility’s vulnerability
     report. 10

According to FPS officials, MIST will provide several potential
improvements over FPS’s prior assessment tools, such as using a
standard way of collecting facility information and allowing edits to GSA’s
facility data when FPS inspectors find it is inaccurate. In addition,
according to FPS officials, after completing a MIST vulnerability
assessment, inspectors will use additional threat information gathered
outside of MIST by FPS’s Threat Management Division as well as local
crime statistics to identify any additional threats and generate a threat
assessment report. FPS plans to provide the facility’s threat and
vulnerability reports along with any countermeasure recommendations to
the federal tenant agencies.

In May 2012, FPS began training inspectors on MIST and how to use the
threat information obtained outside MIST and expects to complete the
training by the end of September 2012. According to FPS officials,



10
  The ISC is comprised of representatives from more than 50 federal agencies and
departments, establishes standards and best practices for federal security professionals
responsible for protecting non-military federal facilities in the U.S. FPS is a member
agency of the Interagency Security Committee in the Department of Homeland Security,
along with other federal agencies such as the General Services Administration, the
Federal Aviation Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other
components within the Department of Homeland Security. The ISC has defined 31
different threats to federal facilities including vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices,
workplace violence, and theft.




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                           inspectors will be able to use MIST once they have completed training
                           and a supervisor has determined, based on professional judgment, that
                           the inspector is capable of using MIST. At that time, an inspector will be
                           able to use MIST to assess level I or II facilities. 11 According to FPS
                           officials, once these assessments are approved, FPS will subsequently
                           determine which level III and IV facilities the inspector may assess with
                           MIST.


FPS Increased Its Use of   Our preliminary analysis indicates that in developing MIST, FPS
Project Management Best    increased its use of GAO’s project management best practices, including
Practices in Developing    alternatives analysis, managing requirements, and conducting user
                           acceptance testing. 12 For example, FPS completed, although it did not
MIST
                           document, an alternatives analysis prior to selecting MIST as an interim
                           tool to replace RAMP. It appears that FPS also better managed MIST’s
                           requirements. Specifically, FPS’s Director required that MIST be an FSA-
                           exclusive tool and thus helped avoid changes in requirements that could
                           have resulted in cost or schedule increases during development. In March
                           2012, FPS completed user acceptance testing of MIST with some
                           inspectors and supervisors, as we recommended in 2011. 13 According to
                           FPS officials, user feedback on MIST was positive from the user
                           acceptance test, and MIST produced the necessary output for FPS’s FSA
                           process. However, FPS did not obtain GSA or federal tenant agencies’
                           input in developing MIST’s requirements. Without this input, FPS’s
                           customers may not receive the information they need to make well-
                           informed countermeasure decisions.




                            FPS uses the ISC’s Facility Security Level Determination for Federal Facilities to
                           11

                           determine the facility security level (FSL). The ISC recommends that level I and II facilities
                           be assessed every 5 years and level III and IV facilities every 3 years. According to the
                           ISC’s criteria, a level I facility may be 10,000 or fewer square feet, have fewer than 100
                           employees, provide administrative or direct service activities, and have little to no public
                           contact; a level II facility may be 100,000 or fewer square feet, have 250 or fewer
                           employees, be readily identifiable as a federal facility, and provide district or state-wide
                           services; a level III facility may be 250,000 or fewer square feet, have 750 or fewer
                           employees, be an agency’s headquarters, and be located in an area of moderate crime;
                           and a level IV facility may exceed 250,000 square feet, have more than 750 employees,
                           house national leadership, and be located in or near a popular tourist destination.

                            GAO-11-705R.
                           12



                            GAO-11-705R.
                           13




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MIST Has Limitations as   FPS has yet to decide what tool, if any, will replace MIST, which is
an Assessment Tool        intended to be an interim vulnerability assessment tool. According to FPS
                          officials, the agency plans to use MIST for at least the next 18 months.
                          Consequently, until FPS decides what tool, if any, will replace MIST and
                          RAMP, it will still not be able to assess risk at federal facilities in a
                          manner consistent with NIPP, as we previously mentioned. Our
                          preliminary work suggests that MIST has several limitations:

                          •     Assessing Consequence. FPS did not design MIST to estimate
                                consequence, a critical component of a risk assessment. Assessing
                                consequence is important because it combines vulnerability and
                                threat information to evaluate the potential effects of an adverse event
                                on a federal facility. Three of the four risk assessment experts we
                                spoke with generally agreed that a tool that does not estimate
                                consequences does not allow an agency to fully assess the risks to a
                                federal facility. However, FPS officials stated that incorporating
                                consequence information into an assessment tool is a complex task.
                                FPS officials stated that they did not include consequence
                                assessment in MIST’s design because it would have required
                                additional time to develop, validate, and test MIST. As a result, while
                                FPS may be able to identify a facility’s vulnerabilities to different
                                threats using MIST, without consequence information, federal tenant
                                agencies may not be able to make fully informed decisions about how
                                to allocate resources to best protect federal facilities. FPS officials do
                                not know if this capability can be developed in the future, but they said
                                that they are working with the ISC and DHS’s Science and
                                Technology Directorate to explore the possibility.

                          •     Comparing Risk across Federal Facilities. FPS did not design MIST to
                                present comparisons of risk assessment results across federal
                                facilities. Consequently, FPS cannot take a comprehensive approach
                                to managing risk across its portfolio of 9,000 facilities to prioritize
                                recommended countermeasures to federal tenant agencies. Instead,
                                FPS takes a facility by facility approach to risk management where all
                                facilities with the same security level are assumed to have the same
                                security risk, regardless of their location. 14 We reported in 2010 that
                                FPS’s approach to risk management provides limited assurance that
                                the most critical risks at federal facilities across the country are being




                          14
                              GAO-10-142.




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                              prioritized and mitigated. 15 FPS recognized the importance of having
                              such a comprehensive approach to its FSA program when it
                              developed RAMP and FPS officials stated that they may develop this
                              capability for the next version of MIST.

                       •      Measuring Performance. FPS has not developed metrics to measure
                              MIST’s performance, such as feedback surveys from tenant agencies.
                              Measuring performance allows organizations to track progress toward
                              their goals and, gives managers critical information on which to base
                              decisions for improving their programs. This is a necessary
                              component of effective management, and should provide agency
                              managers with timely, action-oriented information. 16 Without such
                              metrics, FPS’s ability to improve MIST will be hampered. FPS officials
                              stated that they are planning to develop performance measures for
                              MIST, but did not give a time frame for when they will do so.


                       Our work to date indicates that FPS does not have a comprehensive and
FPS Faces Challenges   reliable system to oversee its approximately 12,500 contract guards. In
in Overseeing Its      addition to conducting FSAs, FPS developed RAMP as a comprehensive
                       system to help oversee two aspects of its contract guard program: (1)
Contract Guards        verifying that guards are trained and certified to be on post in federal
                       facilities; and (2) conducting and documenting guard post inspections. 17
                       However, FPS experienced difficulty with RAMP because the contract
                       guard training and certification information in RAMP was not reliable.
                       Additionally, FPS faced challenges using RAMP to conduct and
                       document post inspections. 18 For example, FPS inspectors we
                       interviewed reported they had difficulty connecting to RAMP’s servers in
                       remote areas and that recorded post inspections disappeared from
                       RAMP’s database without explanation. Although we reported some of


                        GAO, Homeland Security: Addressing Weaknesses with Facility Security Committees
                       15

                       Would Enhance Protection of Federal Facilities, GAO-10-901 (Washington, D.C.: August
                       5, 2010).
                        GAO, Homeland Security: The Federal Protective Service Faces Several Challenges
                       16

                       That Hamper its Ability to Protect Federal Facilities, GAO-08-683 (Washington, D.C.: June
                       11, 2008).
                       17
                           A post is a guard’s area of responsibility in a federal facility.
                        FPS’s inspection requirement for level I and II facilities is two annual inspections of all
                       18

                       posts, all shifts. The inspection requirement for level III facilities is biweekly inspections of
                       two posts, any shift, and for level IV, weekly inspections of two posts, any shift.




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these challenges in 2011, FPS did not stop using RAMP for guard
oversight until June 2012 when the RAMP operations and maintenance
contract was due to expire.

In the absence of RAMP, in June 2012, FPS decided to deploy an interim
method to enable inspectors to record post inspections. FPS officials said
this capability is separate from MIST, will not allow FPS to generate post
inspection reports, and does not include a way for FPS inspectors to
check guard training and certification data during a post inspection. FPS
officials acknowledged that this method is not a comprehensive system
for guard oversight. Consequently, it is now more difficult for FPS to verify
that guards on post are trained and certified and that inspectors are
conducting guard post inspections as required.

Although FPS collects guard training and certification information from the
companies that provide contract guards, it appears that FPS does not
independently verify that information. FPS currently requires its guard
contractors to maintain their own files containing guard training and
certification information and began requiring them to submit a monthly
report with this information to FPS’s regions in July 2011. 19 To verify the
guard companies’ reports, FPS conducts monthly audits. As part of its
monthly audit process, FPS’s regional staff visits the contractor’s office to
select 10 percent of the contractor’s guard files and check them against
the reports guard companies send FPS each month. In addition, in
October 2011, FPS undertook a month-long audit of every guard file to
verify that guards had up-to-date training and certification information for
its 110 contracts across its 11 regions. FPS provided preliminary October
2011 data showing that 1,152 (9 percent) of the 12,274 guard files FPS
reviewed at that time were deficient, meaning that they were missing one
or more of the required certification document(s). However, FPS does not
have a final report on the results of the nation-wide audit that includes an
explanation of why the files were deficient and whether deficiencies were
resolved.

FPS’s monthly audits of contractor data provide limited assurance that
qualified guards are standing post, as FPS is verifying that the contractor-
provided information matches the information in the contractor’s files. We


19
  For example, guard training and certifications include firearms qualification,
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, baton certification, and x-ray and magnetometer
training.




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                  reported in 2010 that FPS’s reliance on contractors to self-report guard
                  training and certification information without a reliable tracking system of
                  its own may have contributed to a situation in which a contractor allegedly
                  falsified training information for its guards. 20 In addition, officials at one
                  FPS region told us they maintain a list of the files that have been audited
                  previously to avoid reviewing the same files, but FPS has no way of
                  ensuring that the same guard files are not repeatedly reviewed during the
                  monthly audits, while others are never reviewed. In the place of RAMP,
                  FPS plans to continue using its administrative audit process and the
                  monthly contractor-provided information to verify that qualified contract
                  guards are standing post in federal facilities.

                  We plan to finalize our analysis and report to the Chairman in August
                  2012, including recommendations. We discussed the information in this
                  statement with FPS and incorporated technical comments as appropriate.
                  Chairman Lungren, Ranking Member Clarke, and members of the
                  Subcommittee, this completes my prepared statement. I would be happy
                  to respond to any questions you may have at this time.


                  For further information on this testimony, please contact me at
GAO Contact and   (202) 512-2834, or by e-mail at goldsteinm@gao.gov. Contact points for
Staff             our Offices of Congressional Relations and Public Affairs may be found
                  on the last page of this statement. Individuals making key contributions to
Acknowledgments   this testimony include Tammy Conquest, Assistant Director; Geoffrey
                  Hamilton; Greg Hanna; Justin Reed; and Amy Rosewarne.




                   GAO, Homeland Security: Federal Protective Service’s Contract Guard Program
                  20

                  Requires More Oversight and Reassessment of Use of Contract Guards, GAO-10-341
                  (Washington, D.C.: April 13, 2010).




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