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Joint Oversight Hearing on “Missing Weapons at the National Park Service: Mismanagement and Lack of Accountability”
Friday, August 2, 2013 9:00 AM
Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Joint Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Missing Weapons at the National Park Service: Mismanagement and Lack of Accountability”

Witnesses and Testimony:


Robert A. Knox
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Interior

Jonathan B. Jarvis
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Teresa Chambers
United States Park Police

Kim Thorson
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Public Safety, Resource Protection and Emergency Services
U.S. Department of the Interior


The focus of this joint oversight hearing is a June 27, 2013 report released by the Office of the Inspector General claiming the U.S. Park Police could not account for government-issued firearms. The report highlights troubling problems with how the Park Police tracks and secures its firearms inventory, the current approaches taken by senior Park Police management to oversee firearms acquisition and inventory controls, and how Park Police firearms custodians and other personnel have not been properly trained. The joint oversight hearing will also examine the ten recommendations identified by the Inspector General's Office for U.S. Park Police to improve its management of its firearms inventory.

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