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U.S. Facilities Across The World Were Not Protected On Clinton’s Watch

- October 11, 2015

When Reviewing U.S. Facilities In 2012 And 2013, State Department Investigators Found "Numerous Security Deficiencies In Global Hot Spots," Indicating The Security Issues Were "Widespread." "State Department investigators discovered numerous security deficiencies in global hot spots when reviewing U.S. diplomatic facilities in 2012 and 2013, suggesting problems were more widespread than previously known. Inspections of five newly opened compounds in 2012 found failings that included deviations from security standards, along with design, construction and maintenance flaws. … The review, which hadn't been made public before, was undertaken from April to October 2012, toward the end of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state." (James V. Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Security Gaps Detailed At American Posts," The Wall Street Journal , 12/9/14)

  • "The Reviews Suggest Such Problems Went Well Beyond Benghazi." (James V. Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Security Gaps Detailed At American Posts," The Wall Street Journal, 12/9/14)

Report: "OIG Found That Selected Posts Were Not Always In Compliance With Current The Selected Physical Security Standards And That Common Physical And Procedural Security Deficiencies Occurred…" "OIG found that selected posts were not always in compliance with current the selected physical security standards and that common physical and procedural security deficiencies occurred among the posts reviewed." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Audit Of Department Of State Compliance With Physical And Procedural Security Standards At Selected High Threat Level Posts," June 2013, p. 1)

  • Report: The Physical Security Deficiencies "Could Compromise The Safety Of Post Personnel And Property." "Physical security deficiencies occurred for a variety of reasons, ranging from changes in physical security standards to design, construction, and maintenance issues, that, if exploited, could compromise the safety of post personnel and property." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Audit Of Department Of State Compliance With Physical And Procedural Security Standards At Selected High Threat Level Posts," June 2013, p. 2)
  • Report: "It Is Imperative For U.S. Diplomatic Facilities Overseas To Be As Physically Secure As Possible To Protect Against Further Tragedies." "Thus, it is imperative for U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas to be as physically secure as possible to protect against further tragedies." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Audit Of Department Of State Compliance With Physical And Procedural Security Standards At Selected High Threat Level Posts," June 2013, p. 4)

According To A New Oig Report, Action Is Still Needed To Address Some Of The Security Deficiencies Reported During Clinton's Tenure

Report: "As Part Of OIG's Audit Compliance And Follow-Up Process, OIG Assessed The Extent To Which The Department Of State (Department) Implemented The 137 Recommendations" Resulting From The FYs 2012 And 2013 Reports. "During FYs 2012 and 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued 12 reports that identified deficiencies in the security posture of 10 posts visited. As part of OIG's audit compliance and follow-up process, OIG assessed the extent to which the Department of State (Department) implemented the 137 recommendations issued in these 12 reports (see Appendix A). Based on the Department's actions and responses to these recommendations as of September 15, 2015, OIG had closed 122 of the 137 recommendations (or 89 percent). However, 15 of these recommendations had remained open, 6 of which were unresolved with no communication from the post or bureau since the reports were issued (see Appendix B)." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 1)

  • Report: "As Of October 30, 2015, The Department Has Implemented 128 Of 137recommendations (93 Percent) Made By OIG In These 12 Reports, Although 9 Recommendations Remain Open." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 12)

15 Of The Recommendations From The Previous Audits, Which Addressed Security Lapses At Overseas Posts, Were Open For Over Two Years

Report: 15 Of The Recommendations Made In The Previous Audits "Had Remained Open For More Than 2 Years And Addressed Security Deficiencies At Overseas Posts." "As of September 15, 2015, OIG had closed 122 of the 137 recommendations (or 89 percent) from these 12 reports based on the Department's responses to the recommendations and documented evidence of completed corrective actions. … However, 15 of these recommendations had remained open for more than 2 years and addressed security deficiencies at overseas posts, such as: [Redacted] (b) (5), [Redacted] (b) (7)(F) (see Appendix B). Further, OIG had not received a response from the responsible post for five recommendations that OIG identified as requiring immediate attention. Additionally, OIG had not received an update from a responsible Bureau on one other open recommendation (these six recommendations were unresolved). Therefore, OIG elevated the 15 recommendations to the attention of the Under Secretary for Management as the Department's Audit Follow-up Official and recommended that the Under Secretary review and report on the status of corrective actions and the reasons for delays in completing corrective actions on these 15 recommendations. OIG also recommended that the Under Secretary provide a plan of action to complete corrective actions to implement the 15 remaining open recommendations." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 4-5)

Report: "Further, OIG Had Not Received A Response From The Responsible Post For Five Recommendations That OIG Identified As Requiring Immediate Attention." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 4)

  • Report: "Uncorrected Physical Security Deficiencies, If Exploited, Could Compromise The Safety Of Post Personnel And Property." "Five of these six recommendations were issued in an Outline for Action report and designated as needing immediate attention. Uncorrected physical security deficiencies, if exploited, could compromise the safety of post personnel and property." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 4)

In Order To Get A Response From State On The Status Of Corrective Actions And The Reasons For Delays In Its 15 Outstanding Recommendations, OIG Elevated The Matter To The Attention Of The Under Secretary For Management. "Therefore, OIG elevated the 15 recommendations to the attention of the Under Secretary for Management as the Department's Audit Follow-up Official and recommended that the Under Secretary review and report on the status of corrective actions and the reasons for delays in completing corrective actions on these 15 recommendations." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 4)

NOTE: After State Responded To A Draft Of This Report, OIG Obtained Sufficient Information From The Under Secretary For Management And Closed The Six Unresolved Recommendations. "(U) Based On The Under Secretary For Management's Response To A Draft Of This Report (See Appendix D), OIG obtained sufficient information to close the six unresolved recommendations. As a result, OIG has now closed 128 of the 137 recommendations (or 93 percent) from these 12 reports. However, nine recommendations remain open (see Appendix C). These recommendations will be closed when OIG receives and accepts documentation that the recommendations have been fully implemented or an acceptable alternative is found." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 1)

The State Department Has Not Provided A Plan Of Action For The Implementation Of The Nine Remaining Open Recommendations And OIG Has Not Been Notified When They Will Be Completed

Report: "The Under Secretary Did Not Provide A Plan Of Action To Address The Implementation Of The Remaining Nine Open Recommendations." "With respect to the two recommendations made to the Under Secretary in this report, OIG considers one closed and one open. Specifically, the Under Secretary for Management provided information that helped establish the status of corrective actions for all open recommendations; therefore, this recommendation is closed. However, the Under Secretary did not provide a plan of action to address the implementation of the remaining nine open recommendations. As such, this recommendation will remain open until OIG receives a plan of action from the Under Secretary or obtains sufficient evidence that the nine open recommendations have been fully implemented. In addition, OIG will continue to track the implementation of these open recommendations and report the status in OIG's Semiannual Report to Congress." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 1)

  • Report: "As Such, This Recommendation Will Remain Open Until OIG Receives A Plan Of Action From The Under Secretary Or Obtains Sufficient Evidence That The Nine Open Recommendations Have Been Fully Implemented." "With respect to the two recommendations made to the Under Secretary in this report, OIG considers one closed and one open. Specifically, the Under Secretary for Management provided information that helped establish the status of corrective actions for all open recommendations; therefore, this recommendation is closed. However, the Under Secretary did not provide a plan of action to address the implementation of the remaining nine open recommendations. As such, this recommendation will remain open until OIG receives a plan of action from the Under Secretary or obtains sufficient evidence that the nine open recommendations have been fully implemented. In addition, OIG will continue to track the implementation of these open recommendations and report the status in OIG's Semiannual Report to Congress." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 1)

Report: "While The Responsible Bureaus And Posts Agreed To These Nine Open Recommendations, Final Action Has Not Occurred And OIG Has Not Been Informed When They Are Expected To Be Completed." (U.S. Department Of State, Office Of Inspector General, "Management Assistance Report: Progress Made But Action Still Needed To Address Physical Security Deficiencies Reported In FYs 2012 And 2013," November 2015, p. 7)


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