Federal workers: How has the Navy Yard shooting affected you?

How has the Washington Navy Yard shooting affected federal employees and contractors?

Today’s Federal Diary column says:

Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images - A U.S. Park Police helicopter patrols over the Navy Yard on Sept. 16. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images – A U.S. Park Police helicopter patrols over the Navy Yard on Sept. 16.

“Monday morning’s shooting undermines that sense of security. It shows that vulnerabilities are real. It indicates that security might not be tight enough. Perhaps federal employees who now pass through security with the flash of a badge also should be scanned and their bags examined, just like guests.”

What is your view on these points?

Should federal employees and contractors be subjected to the same level of scrutiny as visitors to federal buildings?

How has the Navy Yard shooting affected the sense of security of those who work in federal buildings? Will that affect motivation and productivity?

Are changes needed to the security clearance process or any other security procedure or practice at federal facilities?

We’d like to hear from you.

Replies will be considered on-the-record and might be published. Please include your full name, city and agency if you are a federal employee.

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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