The Federal Protective Service, an agency within theÂ Department of Homeland Security, has usedÂ automation technologies to reduce time costs in the creation ofÂ threat assessment reports, GCN reported Wednesday.
FPS produces these reports as part of its mission to secureÂ federal employees and activities at approximately 9.5K U.S. facilities. The agency conducts threat assessments via aÂ Modified Infrastructure Survey Tool and bases reports on standards promoted by theÂ Interagency Security Committee.
Argonne National Laboratory helped FPSÂ automate a large part of theÂ data gathering and analysis processes, reducing the amount of manual work needed to construct the reports.
The automated process gathers data fromÂ agent-submittedÂ threat information, building vulnerability inspectors and a facility’s documents on countermeasures. Additional sources would include crime stats, census data and the FBI.
Jeffrey Levine, anÂ FPS special agent, said the automation helped the agency accelerate process-related activities and recognize portfolio items that may not have been initially identified.