Radios vanish into thin air E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Let’s just be thankful the U.S. Marshals Service does a better job keeping track of dangerous fugitives than it does keeping track of it’s own gear. The US Marshals Service has lost track of about 2,000 encrypted two-way radios worth millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported recently.

The WSJ article said the problems date back to at least 2011, when the Marshals were deploying new versions of their radios in the field.

"It is apparent that negligence and incompetence has resulted in a grievous mismanagement of millions of dollars of USMS property," the paper quoted a 2011 presentation by the agency's Office of Strategic Technology as saying.

"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."

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade confirmed the paper's report and addressed the issue himself.

"We believe that this issue is in large part attributable to poor record keeping as a result of an older property management system, as opposed to equipment being lost. Many of the radios at issue had previously been declared obsolete and were being phased out of circulation in favor of newer technology," Wade said.

"The U.S. Marshals Service is not aware of any instances where public safety was jeopardized as a result of this.

The USMS is currently in the process of acquiring a new property management system and intends to have it in place for the next fiscal year."


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