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Federal Protective Service struggles with new management tools

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July 14, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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via Government Executive

The long-troubled Federal Protective Service, which some consider a “stepchild” within the Homeland Security Department, has made little progress in improving training of building security guards and has not fully implemented management tools for tracking assignments, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday.

Director L. Eric Patterson said FPS’ four-year effort to develop a long-recommended centralized tool for prioritizing threats to federal buildings “was not cost-effective and has not fulfilled its original goals.” The contractor for the tool, known as the Risk Assessment Management Program, has been relieved of future development duties but will continue working with the agency to maintain databases, Patterson told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

FPS, a 40-year-old agency recently moved from DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to its National Protection and Programs Directorate, has long been targeted for reforms, has undergone multiple leadership changes and has prompted debate over whether some of its largely contractor workforce should be federalized.

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