Changes in the way the Federal Protective Service charges fees to other agencies for its services are resulting in a mix of impacts, with costs increasing substantially in percentage terms for some but with most experiencing a decrease, the GAO has said.
The FPS, part of DHS, provides security services—using both its own employees and contractors—to some 9,000 federal facilities. It is funded by three separate types of fees it charges for those services—a basic fee, a building-specific fee and an agency-specific fee. The former accounts for about a quarter of the agency’s budget while the remainder is about evenly split between the latter two.
After a several-year review of those fees, the agency last year changed the basic fee from one based on square footage to one based on historic use of FPS resources at a building, taking into account additional costs such as for incident responses. The GAO found that of 59 agencies that pay the basic fee, 40 are expected to pay less under the new fee structure and the remainder to pay more, most commonly because they are the only tenant of a building.
In dollar terms, the largest decreases are in the federal judiciary, Treasury, Commerce and HHS and the largest increases at SSA, DHS, Interior and Agriculture. In percentage terms, increases are greatest at FMCS and Selective Service, while decreases are greatest at National Science Foundation and the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.