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Can the Pentagon keep classified information safe?

By Ed O'Keefe

The Pentagon agency responsible for making sure contractors are properly handling classified information is having a tough time doing its job, reports The Post's Dana Hedgpeth:

The Defense Security Service (DSS) has had "recurring" troubles overseeing contractors, according to a November 2009 survey of agency employees. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a contracting watchdog group, got its hands on an internal agency e-mail, dated Sept. 16, that has employees saying they're concerned about a "lack of resources" at DSS to "accomplish the mission."
According to a source at DSS with whom POGO officials said they talked, the problems at DSS include having a lack of trained and experienced personnel who are "on-the-ground examining what systems contractors have in place to protect classified information."
DSS is said to now be conducting a follow-up survey that asks employees, among other things, questions about having enough pens, paper clips and working copy machines. A source inside the agency has told POGO that the greater concern is not the agency's office supplies but the lack of trained personnel.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  Contracting, Military  
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