Security shortcomings at diplomatic posts
The top watchdog for the US State Department warned that US personnel overseas remain at “increased risk” due to security shortcomings at diplomatic posts, including the “egregious” use of warehouses that don’t meet security standards for office space. Steve Linick, Inspector General for the Department, testified during the second public hearing of the special House Committee reviewing the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Reviewing the findings of his office’s audits since that attack, he cited several areas of concern. Chief among them were concerns about the physical security standards at overseas posts, including how the department was using “warehouse space” and other remote facilities for offices that did not comply with standards. This, he said, “places personnel at great risk.”