Physical Security:

Protection of Assets at U.S. Navy Bases

NSIAD-88-6: Published: Oct 26, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's internal control procedures for protecting its assets and facilities.

GAO found that: (1) the Navy's emphasis on physical security at all installations has increased awareness of security procedures; (2) there were several security control issues that reduced its overall effectiveness, specifically protection of waterfront and restricted areas, control of commercial vehicles, compliance with fencing requirements, access by private boats and airplanes, and designation of restricted and secure waterways; and (3) the Navy plans to issue a revised Security and Loss Prevention Manual by 1988 to further clarify definitions and areas of responsibility.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: ARTS record shows that corrective action was substantially complete as of March, 1989.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct installation officials to correct conditions described in this report that do not meet the requirements of the Physical Security and Loss Prevention Manual. The designation of restricted and secure waterway zones at all U.S. installations should be reviewed and properly recorded in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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