Audit: Navy "Rapidgate" allowed felons, other unauthorized personnel on bases

5:50 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- A Department of Defense Inspector General report faults major security controls at access points to Naval installations.

The report doesn't focus on the Navy Yard, and it was ordered prior to Monday's fatal shootings, but it reports that 52 convicted felons had unescorted access to Navy installations due to lax screening measures. 


"Commander, Navy Installations Command officials attempted to reduce access control costs" by implementing the Rapidgate program, the report states, but the program, developed and operated by Eid Passport, may actually be costing millions more in enrollment fees that contractors bill back to the Navy. 


Rapidgate has, since July 2010, served as the standard identity management and gate-control security system for short-term contractors at Navy Installations.

The report says "unauthorized installation access" put military and civilians at risk.

The inspector general called on the Navy to immediately discontinue Rapidgate.

Contractor employee was convicted drug dealer

One contractor employee was issued Rapidgate credentials despite having a felony conviction for drug sales. 

The worker had unescorted access to a Navy installation for 1,035 days before the felony conviction was identified. Another contractor employee had access to a Navy installation for 91 days before Rapidgate identified a felony conviction of indecent liberties with a child. 


Additional examples of felony convictions that were overlooked in Rapidgate's public records checks included drug possession, assault, theft, and "throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle." 


Seven bases gave access without FBI backgrounding

Public record databases used by Eid Passport were unreliable, the report states. 

In the report, Eid Passport acknowledged that "neither the service provider nor its screening providers can guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the data obtained." 

In addition, the report notes that contractor employees obtained Rapidgate credentials that were active for 1 year, regardless of the length of time they actually required to complete the work. 


NCIS needs NCIC background checks

"Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) field office personnel stated they plan to run over 3,000 Rapidgate cardholders through NCIC (National Crime Information Center) to determine whether any convicted felons were undetected and granted installation access," the report states.

The report faulted the Navy for not performing a proper business analysis on the security program and said it spent over $1 million in "disallowable costs."

The Navy's officials in charge of security, the report states, defended their contractor-operated security measures and disagreed with the report's findings. 

See the report in attached file.



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