Separate legislation introduced by Democratic leadership of the House Homeland Security Committee would focus on FPS’s core component of sworn federal officers, boosting their ranks from 850 to 1,350. While the Senate bill would require FPS to hire a consulting firm to examine federalization, the House bill calls for an internal pilot program to be evaluated by the GA).
The Senate bill now moves to the full senate for possible consideration before the end of the current Congress later this year. Skepticism persists about whether the two bills could be passed separately, then reconciled and a final bill considered before the end of the year.
In the meantime, FPS has expanded and intensified oversight of its contract guard force, officials said.
(For more on FPS and reform efforts, see "Senate Bill to Reform Federal Protective Service Introduced," "Bill Would Require FPS to Examine Federalizing Contract Guards," and "GAO Finds Facility Security Committees Undermine Security at Federal Buildings" in Today's Headlines.)
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