Embassy Security

State Department Efforts To Improve Security Overseas Gao ID: NSIAD-86-133 June 12, 1986

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed several issues relating to the Department of State's Emergency Security Supplemental funds, State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the need for additional security standards.

GAO found that: (1) since the Beirut embassy bombing in 1984, State has used its Emergency Security Supplemental funds to improve security at its overseas facilities; (2) to complete the security projects and improvements, State will need more funds than it originally estimated; (3) although State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security centralizes security matters, a number of problems and disputes remain to be resolved between State, overseas posts, and other agencies; and (4) security levels differ from one overseas post to another because State has not established standards for interim security measures.


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