July 8th, 2009
03:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Director takes blame over lax security at federal buildings

 A GAO report cites lax security in federal buildings after investigators got bomb components past guards.
A GAO report cites lax security in federal buildings after investigators got bomb components past guards.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A contrite head of the Federal Protective Service took the blame Wednesday for security lapses that allowed covert investigators to sneak bomb components into 10 federal government buildings.

The Government Accountability Office, which conducted the tests, testified they showed the service to be "an agency in crisis."

Plainclothes investigators testing the effectiveness of private contract guards at federal office buildings were able to smuggle in bomb components in all 10 attempts. Only one investigator was stopped and questioned, but he was allowed to pass with the components of a liquid bomb.

Once inside the facilities, the testers assembled the bombs in restrooms, put them in briefcases and "walked freely" into government offices, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Asked point blank at a Senate hearing Wednesday why the security guards had failed, Protective Service Director Gary Schenkel said, "It's purely a lack of oversight on our part."

He added, "I take full responsibility. I am the director of the organization."

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Filed under: Uncategorized
January 12th, 2009
05:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Dulles to close runway for overflow inaugural plane parking

Dulles airport is planning for a surge in private plane traffic.
Dulles airport is planning for a surge in private plane traffic.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Cars, limos and buses aren't the only modes of transportation that will find parking at a premium on Inauguration Day.

Dulles International Airport said Monday it will temporarily close its newest runway to provide parking for an expected surge in private planes during the big event.

The 9,400-foot runway known to pilots as 1L/19R will be closed from January 16 to 23, said Tara Hamilton, spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority. The airport is "guesstimating" that some 500 private aircraft will arrive at Dulles, and the runway will provide an overflow capacity for general aviation aircraft.

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 8th, 2009
08:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Amtrak adds trains on Inauguration Day; tickets still available

Amtrak is adding more service to deal with expected inauguration crowds.
Amtrak is adding more service to deal with expected inauguration crowds.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Automobile traffic will be diverted; bridges closed. But from Amtrak, there's a bit of good news about Inauguration Day travel.

Amtrak says that it has increased the number - and length - of trains running to Washington on January 20, and that tickets are still available.

But they're going quick.

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