The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

Some US diplomatic posts violating security standards: Report


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Some US diplomatic posts are violating security standards for overseas buildings and the State Department is not keeping track of the exemptions to the rules it does grant, the department's inspector general said in a review released after the attack on the US mission in Benghazi.

"Inspectors... found conditions of noncompliance with security standards for which posts had not sought exceptions or waivers," the report by Deputy Inspector General Harold Geisel said.

In 2011, the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security had in its files over 1,000 waivers and exceptions, some quite old, granting exemptions to security standards at US diplomatic missions abroad, the report said.

But it was not clear which waivers were still active, and some waivers in the bureau's files were for buildings that no longer exist, the report found.