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Security at Washington Navy Yard was lax because of budget cuts, official report written weeks before shooting

  • Federal security assessment conducted  over the past year pointed out that contractors were given too much access at  the Navy Yards
  • The report will be released in full  within the next month but early excerpts were leaked today following shooting  that left 12 victims dead
  • Shooter Aaron Alexis was able to get  inside the government building with his ‘legitimate’ ID from his work as a  contractor

By  Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED: 21:41 EST, 16  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 21:45 EST, 16 September 2013

Budget cuts may have been the cause for lax  security at the Washington D.C. Navy Yards where 12 people were shot dead and  eight others were injured on Monday morning.

A yet-to-be-released government audit reveals  that federal oversight investigators concluded that the reduced security  measures at the base left security risks unaddressed.

A report by the Department of Defense  Inspector General’s office shows that they were concerned about the access that  would be granted to outside contractors- like that of Aaron Alexis, the suspect  who was killed by police during the Monday morning shooting.

Gaining access: A yet-unreleased report shows that officials were aware of possible holes in security procedures at the Navy Yards, where a shooting spree on Monday left 12 victims dead as well as the shooter 

Gaining access: A yet-unreleased report shows that  officials were aware of possible holes in security procedures at the Navy Yards,  where a shooting spree on Monday left 12 victims dead as well as the  shooter

 

Piecing together information: SWAT agents remained on the scene for much of Monday (pictured), hours after Alexis was shot by one of the responding officers  

Piecing together information: SWAT agents remained on  the scene for much of Monday (pictured), hours after Alexis was shot by one of  the responding officers

 

The report states that the Navy ‘did not  effectively mitigate access control risks associated with contractor  installation access’ to the Navy Yards.

Caught and killed: Aaron Alexis, 34, was identified as the shooter and had 'multiple engagements' with police firing shots at the officers during the shooting spree Monday 

Caught and killed: Aaron Alexis, 34, was identified as  the shooter and had ‘multiple engagements’ with police firing shots at the  officers during the shooting spree Monday

 

Time Magazine published excerpts from the report after having been read portions by an  unidentified federal official who had access to the Inspector General’s  findings.

The security risks are placed squarely on the  Navy administrators who were trying ‘to reduce access control costs’.

The process of gaining access to the  administrative facility- where about 3,000 people work- is under severe  scrutiny.

In a Monday night press conference, FBI  assistant D.C. director in charge Valerie Parlave said that they concluded he  had legitimately accessed the building as his status as a contractor would have  given him sufficient credentials to enter unquestioned.

‘He utilized a valid pass,’ Ms Parlave said  during the press conference.

Alexis, 34, became a full-time Navy reservist  in 2007 but was dismissed in 2011 following a series of ‘misconduct’ violations.

As a contractor for a group working for a  subcontractor used by Hewlett-Packard, Alexis should not have had the proper  identification to be allowed into Navy Yard’s Building 179 where he began  shooting.

Another problem with Alexis that should have  been flagged up by the security access system is that he had two prior arrests-  one in 2004 for shooting someone’s tires in an anger-fueled ‘blackout’ and  another in 2010 when he said that he accidentally fired into a neighbor’s  apartment while cleaning his gun.

The security assessment report cites the fact  that a number of people with criminal histories were able to bypass the Navy  Yard’s security without any alarm.

Worrying: FBI investigators determined that Alexis gained access to the facility legitimately, using the ID he was given as a sanctioned contractor who was working on the site  

Worrying: FBI investigators determined that Alexis  gained access to the facility legitimately, using the ID he was given as a  sanctioned contractor who was working on the site

 

Time reports that the audit cited 52  instances where ‘convicted felons received routine unauthorized installation  access, placing military personnel, attendants, civilians in installations at an  increased security risk.’

The research into the security inefficiencies  at Navy Yard began in September 2012 and carried on through August of this year.  The final report will be published within the next 30 days.

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