Investigators smuggled bomb parts through checkpoints at 10 federal buildings as part of a test that showed gaping holes in security caused by inattentive and poorly trained guards, says a Government Accountability Office study reported by National Public Radio. ompanied Senate testimony Wednesday. The GAO report, citing substantial security vulnerabilities in training for guards, said components for an improvised explosive device passed through security checkpoints at facilities including congressional offices as well as agencies such as the Departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said yesterday in a hearing on the subject that the lapses were “the broadest indictment of a federal agency I have ever heard.” “This is really serious stuff,” he added. Gary Schenkel, director of the Federal Protective Service, told senators that the report “caused us all grave concern” and that it was “purely a lack of oversight on our part.”