Budget, staff cuts cause "near collapse" of US security agency
Federal Protective Service workforce has been cut 20 percent since 2004.
by Jeanne Meserve and Jim Spellman, CNN.com
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2008 — A series of embarrassing incidents on federal property across the country, including the theft of a trailer of surveillance equipment from an FBI parking deck, is being blamed on budget cuts at the agency charged with securing federal grounds.
"We're seeing the near collapse of the Federal Protective Service," said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, who leads the congressional subcommittee that oversees federal buildings.
The service's budget and staff have been cut since it became part of the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003, according to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.
"I think that FPS is less able to do its job than . . . in the past, primarily because of budgetary restrictions that have occurred, and that has forced them to slash their workforce" GAO investigator Mark Goldstein said. . .
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"Lawmaker: U.S. security agency faltering", by Jeanne Meserve and Jim Spellman, CNN.com, March 14, 2008.
Posted: April 22, 2008
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