- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Congress said Wednesday efforts to fix security lapses detailed in a recent federal report — including investigators sneaking bomb parts into government buildings — are too slow and demanded a plan within the next two weeks.

“We cannot wait for a solution,” said Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican and Senate Homeland Security Committee member. “We need solutions right now.”

Mrs. Collins comments followed Director of Federal Protective Services Gary W. Schenkel testifying that his efforts to better train contract security guards since taking charge of the agency two years ago is less than 25 percent complete and more changes will take at least a year.

The Government Accountability Office report found investigators penetrated security posts in all 10 federal buildings they attempted to enter, then “assembled the explosive device and walked freely around several of floors of these level IV facilities with the device in a briefcase.”

To download a PDF summary of the GAO report, click here. To download the full GAO report, click here.

“This is an unacceptable situation,” said committee Chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Mr. Lieberman, Connecticut independent, told Mr. Schenkel the report due in two weeks must include “immediate” corrective steps and that the agency is now on the committee’s “high risk list.”



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