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GAO was requested to review 10 questions relating to military, civilian, and contract employees who provide physical security at military facilities. The questions were as follows: (1) what criteria are used to determine the personnel requirements for the physical security at military facilities; (2) what criteria are used to determine whether security should be provided by military or nonmilitary personnel; (3) can additional security requirements be assumed by nonmilitary personnel, thus freeing military personnel; (4) how many staff-years of physical security are provided by military personnel in the Department of Defense (DOD); (5) how many staff-years of physical security are provided by civilian Federal employees; (6) how many staff-years of physical security are provided by contract employees; (7) how do the three methods of delivery vary in terms of quality of service, training for employees, and accountability; (8) are cost comparisons consistently performed to justify the choice for the method of delivery; (9) how does the contracting of nonsecurity functions on facilities affect security; and (10) is security coverage a line item in the budget and/or appropriation for DOD or other agencies.

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