The AP reported today on problems with facility security at the Nebraska Avenue Complex (NAC), which contains the headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security. The article cites numerous examples of improper procedures and lax standards by Wackenhut, the contractor that provides security for the NAC, based on statements from a dozen former employees.
The best long-term solution to this problem, in my opinion, is for Congress to finally give DHS the money to have a properly-sized headquarters, ideally on underutilized land currently occupied by the Navy Annex or Fort Myer in Arlington. But short of that, I think it makes sense for DHS to augment these contract guard services with a dedicated force of full-time government security officers, drawn in part from the ranks of DHS’s own Federal Protective Service.
Update (3/6): Here’s Wonkette’s take on the story.