US Marshals lose track of equipment

US Marshals lose 2000 encrypted radios.  2000?  Damn. Wouldn’t this be considered a sensitive item, tracked by serial numbers and issued out on hand receipts? Where are the checks and balances, the oversight of management and supervisors?

The guys in the field I tend to give a break but to those that are responsible, those that make pretty damn good money to be accountable simply aren’t anymore.  Logistics and equipment accountability can be a pain in the rear but it’s necessary.  That’s not counting the potential for intelligence loss.  The Marshal Service says there’s no evidence that public safety has been jeopardized.  If they can’t find their encrypted radios can they find evidence?

It doesn’t surprise me though, I’ve seen the same attitude in places I’ve worked in government and the contracting arena.  It’s the “I didn’t pay for it” mentality. In Afghanistan I watched an organization spend months tracking down thousands of dollars worth of IT equipment.  Most of it was found but the main problem was simply no one wanted to be responsible and track it in the first place.

…The U.S. Marshals Service has lost track of approximately 2,000 encrypted two-way radios worth millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday…

…The agency’s Office of Strategic Technology raised another concern in a 2011 presentation, saying “It is apparent that negligence and incompetence has resulted in a grievous mismanagement of millions of dollars of USMS property … Simply put, the entire system is broken and drastic measures need to be taken to address the issues … The 800-pound elephant in the room needs to finally be acknowledged.”


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