Let’s recap the mainstream media’s reporting: GAO is able to get bomb-making material into federal buildings. Congress is outraged that this could happen. FPS must be an agency in crisis. People working for the FPS are incompetent.
What we should be asking Senator Collins and Senator Lieberman is this. When you conducted your oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, did you ever ask about the FPS budget? Did you ask why the organization was being moved into DHS in the first place? After FPS was moved into DHS did you inquire about their budget and personnel? After DHS was moved from one component of DHS to another, did you inquire about the costs of these moves and whether or not DHS was bleeding the FPS budget of needed funding and personnel?
The problem is FPS, like many other agencies consumed by DHS, saw their budgets and personnel counts dwindle as DHS siphoned off money to “integrate” these agencies into the new department. When Congress and the Bush Administration mandated the creation of DHS to be budget neutral, either they were deceiving themselves and the public, or they were blissfully ignorant of the costs of consolidating 22 agencies into one department. FPS, much like FEMA and other organizations within DHS, saw the loss of money and manpower.