Office of General Services

Building Security Services

The Office of General Services (OGS) owns, or leases space in, 631 buildings. The buildings owned by OGS include such high-profile buildings as the State Capitol, the Legislative Office Building, and various other buildings at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. OGS also owns other State office buildings in and around Albany, and several State office buildings outside Albany. We examined whether OGS had taken appropriate steps to reassess and mitigate its buildings’ security risks since September 11, 2001. We also examined whether 20 other selected State agencies had formally assessed their buildings’ security risks and prepared security plans for the buildings.

We found OGS had taken appropriate steps to reassess its buildings’ security risks since September 11, 2001, and had worked with the Division of State Police to perform detailed security risk assessments for the buildings. We also found OGS made numerous security enhancements on the basis of these risk assessments. At the 20 other agencies, we found that various actions had been taken in relation to building security. We concluded that certain actions still needed to be taken by OGS and some of the agencies. Our detailed findings and recommendations were provided to OGS and agency officials during the course of our audit, but were not included in our public report due to the sensitivity of the information.

For a complete copy of Report 2006-S-100 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.