In a release, U.S. Senator Richard
Blumenthal, D-Conn., issued a statement
in response to a news
report " (at swampland.time.com) on a soon-to-be-released government audit revealing the Navy became
lax on security at Navy Yard and other naval facilities to reduce costs."
"According to the news report, the Department of Defense Inspector General found
that the Navy 'did not effectively mitigate
access-control risks associated with contractor-installation access” to “reduce
access-control costs,'" the release said.
"The news report comes on the heels of Monday’s mass
shooting at Navy Yard in Washington, DC where a Navy contractor allegedly
killed 12 people and injured several others," the release said.
Blumenthal quote (unedited):
“If public reports about this audit
are accurate, the Navy put the safety of personnel at risk to save dollars and
cents. This apparent security lapse – permitting people with criminal records
to freely access military bases and facilities – is deeply troubling, and I
call on the Department of Defense Inspector General to release the full report
as soon as possible. Lax safety and security measures at our military
facilities are inexcusable.”
Blumenthal is a member of the Senate Armed
Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over military facilities, the release said.
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