False sense of security – Washington Navy Yard

You can’t build a castle without a solid foundation.  Similarly, you can’t safeguard military personnel, dependents and civilians at government installations without first improving security policies and practices; or the Department of Defense to achieve audit readiness without first implementing effective policy management.

A recent internal Pentagon report called into question how an access control system known as Rapidgate became widely used by the Navy through irregular acquisition practices, and urged its immediate cancellation, saying it provides a false sense of security that puts government personnel at risk.

The system is utilized at more than 150 military and government installations around the country, including the Washington Navy Yard, the site of the Sept. 16 shooting rampage.

According to a new audit by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the access control system “placed military personnel, dependents, civilians, and installations at an increased security risk.”  The Inspector General’s report recommended that the Navy scrap Rapidgate immediately.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who chairs the Homeland Security’s financial and contracting oversight subcommittee, requested the OIG report in response to the complaint of a whistleblower about the access control system contract with the Navy in June 2012.

 

The federal government has used taxpayer dollars to deploy a number of resources to oversee federal programs that could be leveraged to foster a high-performance culture, including:

– Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

– Office of Special Counsel (OSC) E-Filing System

– Performance.gov

– Regulations.gov

– Federal Code of Conduct

Within most federal agencies, human capital is woefully underutilized.  In the aggregate, mismanagement leaves billions of dollars on the table in expenses that could have been saved – underscoring the need to link existing federal resources to ensure that federal programs have the actionable intelligence they need to spend taxpayer dollars effectively, treat employees fairly, and hold middle-managers accountable for meeting performance targets.

Write your representatives in Washington today asking them to join with other members of the U.S. Congress to champion a legislative proposal to strengthen the foundation of the federal government by linking existing federal resources to ensure that federal programs have the actionable intelligence they need to spend taxpayer dollars effectively, treat employees fairly, and hold leaders accountable for meeting performance targets.

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About zethics
CEO and founder of zEthics, Inc. Thirty years of experience with finance and accounting background in public private sectors.

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