Employee Security:

GSA Has No Criteria for Assessing Adequacy

GGD-87-89: Published: Jun 15, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO examined security arrangements at 20 government-owned and leased facilities under General Services Administration (GSA) control.

GAO found that: (1) GSA has not established minimum security standards for its buildings or for governmentwide use, as required by federal regulations; (2) GSA has neither made physical security surveys of all properties under its control nor established criteria for assessing their vulnerability; (3) since GSA does not normally provide fixed-post security for access control to buildings, individual tenant agencies determine and fund the access control and level of security they provide their employees; (4) use of contract guard services for building access control and employee security was the primary agency option; (5) varying levels of security existed at the 20 buildings surveyed, with some buildings having no access control at all; and (6) GSA is considering corrective action to resolve these issues.

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