General Services Administration:

Status of Efforts to Improve Management of Building Security Upgrade Program

T-GGD/OSI-00-19: Published: Oct 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the General Services Administration's (GSA) building security upgrade program.

GAO noted that: (1) GSA directed its regions to reassess the security of all the buildings in its inventory by April 1, 1999, for two purposes: (a) to ensure that all of its buildings have been assessed and meet the Department of Justice minimum standards for security; and (b) to determine whether the security upgrade information for each building was correctly represented in both the upgrade tracking system and the accounting system; (2) GSA completed negotiations with the Office of Management and Budget and, as a result, has a means of recouping more of its building security costs; (3) GSA, however, still lacks completely accurate data in its upgrade tracking and accounting systems and has not completed development of outcome-oriented goals and measures for its building security program; (4) GSA decided on a new risk assessment methodology and is in the process of evaluating how to implement the methodology in future building security surveys; and (5) GSA's recent reassessment of each building was to mark the restart of the routine physical security surveys that were suspended because of a lack of sufficient personnel after the Oklahoma City bombing.

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