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Correction and Clarification to Recent FDA Story

By Ed O'Keefe

A July 28 Federal Eye report and a July 29 Washington Post article about an inspection by Federal Protective Service officers at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters incorrectly reported the status of about 58 privately contracted security guards.

The guards were temporarily removed from duty, with pay, until they were properly trained and certified by FPS, according to their employer, Chenega Integrated Systems Inc.

The story, quoting an FPS spokesman, also misstated the amount of funds deducted from the company's contract. The final amount was $58,787.52.

The Eye deeply regrets the reporting errors and apologizes for any confusion. A similar version of this correction will appear in print editions of The Washington Post.

Since the report was first published, The Eye has learned -- and an FPS spokesman confirms -- that 25 of the 58 guards removed from duty had not completed FPS-provided training, including the necessary written examination. The guards had completed training provided by Chenega. The guards have since completed the necessary FPS training.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 4, 2009; 6:00 PM ET
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