Federal Election Commission

Office of Inspector General -- Special Review Report

Limited Scope Building Security Review

June 13, 2002

If you require the printed version of this report, contact the Office of Inspector General, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20463 or call Dorothy Maddox-Holland, Special Assistant, phone: (202) 694-1015, fax: (202) 501-8134, or e-mail: oig@fec.gov.


       The Office of Inspector General (OIG) completed a limited scope building security review. The review focused on two specific areas: (1) assess the effectiveness of the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) closed circuit television (CCTV) security system; and (2) provide suggestions to improve overall building security, if warranted.

        The limited scope building security review was initiated for two reasons. First, the Federal government has placed a greater importance on securing Federal facilities due to domestic and international acts of terrorism that have occurred in recent years. Second, the theft of the Data Systems Division Director’s laptop computer in January 2002 gave rise to concern over the adequacy of the FEC’s building security. The laptop theft occurred during the business day and was perpetrated by an unknown individual while FEC staff worked in offices in the direct vicinity of the theft.