Tennessee Valley Authority Needs To Improve Security and Inventory Controls at Power Sites

EMD-81-60: Published: Mar 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1981.

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The responsibility for construction site and operating plant security has been debated within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for several years. This debate has occurred because no specific line of authority exists for security. GAO examined TVA procedures for security and those used to inventory and account for TVA assets.

Because no central authority exists for overall security at TVA facilities, major offices or divisions have essentially developed their own security programs with the Public Safety Service acting in an advisory capacity. Many of the policies and plans for security measures have not been implemented. Consequently, the number of thefts continues to rise, and TVA facilities remain vulnerable to vandalism and potential sabotage. Losses of both tagged and untagged equipment at TVA construction projects and powerplants are excessive, as evidenced by the large number of theft reports being generated from construction projects and by the substantial number of tagged equipment items not located during physical inventories at TVA fossil plants.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors should require periodic progress reports to the General Manager and Board of Directors concerning results in reducing thefts and vandalism and in improving control over TVA tools, equipment, and inventories.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors should ensure that the Internal Review branch continues to make periodic reviews and follows up on previous recommendations. Exit conferences should be held with the TVA Security Official in attendance.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  3. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors should place the Power Security Section, the Public Safety Service, and any other office involved in security under th direction of the TVA Security Official. This should ensure that policies can be implemented and enforced without unnecessary administrative levels.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  4. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Tennesse Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors should appoint an official at General Manager staff level to be responsible to the General Manager for overall TVA security. This official should have the authority to resolve any interoffice disputes and remove any budgetary restrictions to implementing valid security recommendations.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  5. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors should issue instructions to: (1) establish standard accountability procedures for small tools at all construction projects and power production plants; (2) develop a system for conducting tagged equipment inventories at TVA construction projects at acceptable intervals; (3) standardize TVA's theft reporting practices at all its projects and powerplants. Require that missing items be reported to the Public Safety Service for investigation.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

 

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