Security gaps still exist in federal government contracting, Auditor General says

>Auditor General Michael Ferguson has found a number of problems with purchasing and accounting of expenditures by MPs   and senators.

OTTAWA — The federal departments handling most of the Canadian government’s secrets are risking security breaches by handing out contracts dealing with classified and other sensitive information to suppliers before they have met the proper security clearances to do the work.

Auditors examined 300 contracts and found that required security documentation was incomplete or missing, or control procedures were not in place for 85 of them, which mean some were awarded to suppliers before all security clearances were completed.

The 2007 report attracted attention because it uncovered costly and embarrassing security gaps in the construction of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) in North Bay which was built by unscreened contractors and workers who had free access to the plans and construction site.
As a result of this security lapse, National Defence was forced to spend $2.3 million to fix problems: it had to demolish a portion of the building, rebuild a smaller secure area and ensure the building was electronically secure to ensure the complex could house the sensitive and classified material for which it was built.

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