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Army's Guard Program Requires Greater Oversight and Reassessment Print
April 03 by GAO

Army's Guard Program Requires Greater Oversight and Reassessment of Acquisition Approach.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, increased security requirements and a significant number of active duty and reserve personnel sent overseas to support the war on terror left the Department of Defense (DoD) with fewer military personnel to rely on to protect domestic installations.
To correct this shortage, Congress is temporarily allowing DoD to use contract security guards to fulfill roles previously performed by military employees. The U.S. Army has awarded contracts worth nearly $733 million to acquire contract guards at 57 Army installations, an investment far greater than those made by other DoD services so far.

The requesters asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess how the Army has been managing and overseeing its acquisition of security guard services, particularly with regard to the Army's (1) acquisition strategy, (2) employment screening, (3) training of contract guards, and (4) award fee process. GAO made recommendations to the Secretary of Defense to improve management and oversight of the contract security guard program.

In written comments on a draft of this report, DoD agreed with the recommendations and stated that the Department of Army is implementing them.

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