Pentagon audit shows Naval security flaws due to cost cutting
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A year-long probe into a system for clearing vendors and similar support personnel onto United States (US) Navy bases found significant security lapses that gave 52 convicted felons routine access to Navy facilities, the Defence Department inspector general said on Tuesday.
In an effort to cut costs, Navy officials failed to properly vet contractor employees through mandatory nationwide crime and terrorist databases, the inspector general's report said.
As a result, 52 convicted felons received routine, unauthorised access to Navy facilities, the report said. It said the unauthorised access had increased the security risk for military personnel, dependents, civilians and installations.
The report was dated Sept 16 - the same day Navy contractor and former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, 34, went on a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people before police killed him in a gun battle.