GAO reported on the Security Enhancement Program's management and administrative functions. The program was initiated by the Department of State to make structural improvements to overseas posts, purchase additional protective equipment, and provide electronic storage and retrieval of classified materials in response to the increasing danger to the lives of U.S. citizens and property overseas.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of State||1. The Secretary of State should require the Assistant Secretary for Administration to take action to insure that improvements are made in the planning and coordination of the Security Enhancement Program.|
|Department of State||2. The Secretary of State should require the Assistant Secretary for Administration to develop a single inventory and tracking system which would allow program managers to identify all material going to each post and to use this capability to notify the posts of the specific nature and quantity of material sent and any changes in shipments.|
|Department of State||3. The Secretary of State should require the Chief of Mission or a designee at each post to assign one official to be responsible for receiving, recording, and storing all material received for the Security Enhancement Program, taking inventory all items received, and informing Washington of any discrepancies.|
|Department of State||4. The Secretary of State should require the Chief of Mission or a designee at high-threat posts to have the post security officers and responsible regional security officers devote more of their attention to post security and the Security Enhancement Program.|
|Department of State||5. The Secretary of State should require the Assistant Secretary for Administration to direct efforts to resolve the differences between State and other agencies concerning the needs of the Security Enhancement Program at overseas posts and the ultimate authority over security for the agencies' offices located outside the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.|