Status of the Department of State's Security Enhancement Program

NSIAD-84-163: Published: Sep 14, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1984.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO updated an earlier report concerning the Department of State's Security Enhancement Program (SEP) to determine whether: (1) the program deficiencies previously identified have been corrected; and (2) further program deficiencies have developed which need to be corrected.

GAO found that the 1985 Department of Defense (DOD) budget request contains $25 million dollars for SEP to be used for a variety of security-related activities including establishing public access controls, upgrading post communications centers, procuring residential security locks, and minor construction. In contrast to the previous more, costly methods, program guidelines now limit security enhancement projects to existing structures and do not allow new construction or the enlargement of existing space. GAO also found that DOD has taken steps to correct some problems noted in the earlier report. SEP will be phased out in fiscal year 1986.

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