The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a study on the staffing approaches of federal agencies to determine best practices and recommendations for facility security staffing.
What did they find?
Among other things, there are great benefits to utilizing contract security services, including cost savings and flexibility.
DynCorp International’s Security Services exhibits those benefits in action, with the ability to deliver flexible and rapidly-deployable, integrated security solutions to suit any situation in any part of the world.
The GAO Study
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides security and law enforcement services to more than 9,000 federal facilities.
In order to improve FPS’s security workforce management, GAO examined: nine federal agencies’ approaches for staffing security workforce, views on benefits and challenges of using contract vs. in-house security staff and lessons FPS can learn from other agencies that have changed their security staffing procedures.
Key Study Findings
The study found that utilizing contract security staff had key benefits, including cost savings and personnel flexibility.
Potential cost savings were based on several factors:
- An in-house staffing model requires organizations to have more employees on board to staff posts than may be required under a contract model in which security is procured hourly
- A contract workforce may offer savings in employee compensation costs, including health and retirement benefits
- Contract security costs are fixed within the contract, which may reduce the risk of budget fluctuations
Personnel flexibility was also reported as a benefit of using contract security staff, including the flexibility to adjust and deploy security staff levels to meet immediate needs.
- Ability to hire part-time reserve force if additional security risks require it
- Can reduce in-house administrative duties, such as recruiting and hiring, managing sick leave, planning work shifts, etc.
- Greater flexibility to quickly address performance issues
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
GAO’s mission is to support Congress by helping to improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government. GAO provides Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, non-ideological, fair and balanced.
Their work includes:
- Auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively
- Investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities
- Reporting on government programs and policies and if they are meeting their objectives
- Performing policy analyses and outlining options for congressional consideration
- Issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules