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April 29, 2006

Security at the NAC: Wackenhut fires back

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on April 29, 2006

CQ Homeland Security has posted a letter online from Wackenhut CEO James Long to Sec. Chertoff, responding to allegations about Wackenhut’s performance on its contract to guard the DHS Nebraska Avenue Complex (NAC), which ended last month. It’s an interesting read.

It’s also worth considering this issue in its larger context, and whether there is a gathering opposition to the use of private guard services for sensitive federal facilities. In February, the Department of Energy’s IG published a report which noted that Wackenhut had falsified guard training records at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. On Thursday, the GAO released a report on the use of Alaska Native Corporations that criticizes an Army contract for private guard services which was won by the Alaska Native Corporation Alutiiq using 8(a) provisions to bypass competitive bidding (and had Wackenhut as a subcontractor).

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 29, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

Private (contracted) security forces are essentially unregulated entities. Since neither federal, state, or local government nor most of private industry have adequate contract monitoring staff this industry remains problematic as to its perfomance. Security is a highly technical area, both physical security and cyber. DHS locating on Nebraska Avenue instead of outside the beltway was a nice job of helping put cross hairs on its HQ. I don’t believe anyone in DHS knows what is really critical to its ops/sec, physical security, or cyber-security.

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Comment by Tim-Eh

May 1, 2006 @ 7:56 am

Give me a break.
At least if you have a private security force, they can be replaced if they are negligent. If you have a government security force, they will be just as negligent, cost more, and you won’t be able to replace them!

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