Letter to Chairmen Lieberman and Akaka, and Senators Collins and Voinovich, asking them to review proposed cuts to Federal Protective Service

02/28/2007

28 February 2007

The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan M. Collins
Chairman and Ranking Member
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
United States Senate
Washington D.C. 20510

The Honorable Daniel K. Akaka and George V. Voinovich
Chairman and Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairmen and Senators Collins and Voinovich,

One behalf of the membership of the Fraternal Order of Police, I want to thank you for your letter asking the General Accountability Office (GAO) to review the Federal Protective Service's (FPS) current budget shortfall and its potential impact on the agency's mission within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The FPS is an agency within DHS of more than 1,200 law enforcement professionals which is charged with safeguarding more than 8,800 Federal facilities nationwide. The agency has responded to emergency calls, coordinated occupant emergency plans, consulted with building security committees on security countermeasures, performed building threat assessments, and developed action plans to reduce threats. Nevertheless, the Department has claimed recently that there is an $80 million shortfall in funding for the FPS and media reports cite DHS sources who believe its shortfall will result in a reduction of more than 300 law enforcement officers.

Due to these proposed cuts and the threat this poses to the security of the thousands of Federal facilities FPS is supposed to protect, we are requesting that you also inquire of the GAO what the ramifications the proposed reductions in force will have on the FPS and its ability to fulfill its mission.

On behalf of the more than 325,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police and the more than 25,000 members of our Federal Officers' Coalition, I want to thank you for all of your help on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me, or Executive Director Jim Pasco, through our Washington office if we can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Chuck Canterbury
National President