Assessment of the Bureau of Reclamation's Security Program by Committee to Assess the Bureau of Reclamation's Security

By Committee to Assess the Bureau of Reclamation's Security Program, National Research Council

The water impounded at the back of a dam can be utilized to generate energy and to supply water for ingesting, irrigation, trade, undefined, and activity. in spite of the fact that, if a dam fails, the water that may be unleashed has the strength and gear to reason mass destruction downstream, killing and injuring humans and destroying estate, agriculture, undefined, and native and nearby economies. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is liable for coping with and working a few of this nation's biggest and most crucial dams. The failure of 1 or extra of those dams because the results of a malicious act would include little caution and a restricted time for evacuation.In the years because the September 11 assaults, Reclamation has invested major assets to set up and construct a safety software. Reclamation is now able to assessment the result of those efforts and confirm how most sensible to maneuver ahead to advance a safety application that's powerful and sustainable. This publication assesses Reclamation's protection software and determines its point of preparedness to discourage, reply to, and get over malicious acts to its actual infrastructure and to the folk who use and deal with it.

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In the longer term, Reclamation should develop a process and a database for capturing and disseminating lessons learned by looking to other organizations and agencies that have successful lessons-learned approaches (Findings 28, 29). A Vision and a Long-Term Plan Finding 30: Among their other objectives, organizational mission and vision statements, plans, and goals are meant to inspire and motivate Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 13 SUMMARY employees and stakeholders.

Html 40 ASSESSMENT OF THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION’S SECURITY PROGRAM having investigative jurisdiction decides not to investigate an alleged offense. Some Reclamation facilities have contracts with private-sector firms to provide site security guards. The primary responsibility of site security guards is to protect people and property by controlling access to facilities and by deterring individuals who might consider attacking them. They are not law enforcement officers and must call on federal or local law enforcement personnel when a criminal act is suspected.

Although the federal response to the Teton Dam failure was immediate and far reaching, the costs were high. President Gerald Ford requested a $200 million appropriation to pay for damages. By 1987 more than 7,500 claims totaling more than $300 million had been paid. The Teton Dam failure, followed by the Kelly Barnes Dam failure in 1977, changed how BOR and the nation managed, inspected, and invested in dams. Since 1976, Reclamation has institutionalized a rigorous review of every major dam under its purview under the congressionally authorized safety of dams program.

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