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.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Tennessee Valley Authority||1. 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.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||2. 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.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||3. 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.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||4. 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.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||5. 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.|