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March 6, 2006

Security problems at the NAC?

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on March 6, 2006

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.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 8, 2006 @ 5:10 am

There is no need to risk continuity of operations or continuity of government by placing DHS headquarters in or close to Washington. A smaller office structure for those “actually” needing to be in or near D.C. could be utilized and have the prestige of a DC location while the bulk of the “troops” and activities are located beyond the 30 mile mark of the Washington monument. It is interesting that no analysis exists of the the 22-28 federal EOC’s in or near downtown and how they would operate in an emergency or crisis. This issue of two many EOC’s was identified as a problem in the White House Katrina report.

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