A new report released Wednesday by the Associated Press details the problems facing the U.S. government’s national-security testing program, highlighting the importance of a paper-based system for testing.
The report comes as the government struggles to implement a new system that would allow the government to quickly get tests out to more than 4 million of its workforce, many of whom rely on the services of private contractors.
The AP report was commissioned by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union, which represents federal workers.
The group is calling for the government’s Office of Personnel Management to begin rolling out a paper system for tests.
A paper-driven system would be more robust than a computer-based version, said AFGE President Michael Steel.
The paper-and-pencil method relies on an array of testing methods, including an exam with multiple answers, a paper review and a paper test.
The AFGE said the paper-free system would have more flexibility to address the needs of workers, who are often left to deal with complex questions in person or over the phone.
The tests would not be required by law.
The tests are already voluntary, and AFGE has lobbied for the programs to be extended to include testing for health care, education and other programs.AFGE also called for more testing for federal contractors, such as the Transportation Security Administration, which was given a deadline by Congress to begin testing.
It has been months since the TSA started testing its employees, and it has not had any positive results yet.
The TSA has had to shut down its entire security operations to get its employees through the testing program.
A separate report from the National Association of Manufacturers found that the U tol-de-Sioux is paying out $1.7 billion to its contractors to administer the tests.
A new federal law requires all federal contractors to use a paper exam for testing, but the paper exam costs more and is not as secure as a computerized system.
The government’s testing program has been plagued by errors and glitches.
The AP report shows that the tests have missed some key dates, including when they were supposed to be done.
In October, for example, the government missed a deadline for completing the test and a federal judge ordered the testing to resume.
A second test on January 31 was scheduled to go through, but it was not scheduled until February.
In February, an inspector general report found that some contractors were still not getting results for some of their tests.
AFGE also said some testing procedures, such the paper review, were not implemented in a timely fashion.
In October, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned that the testing process was broken and that problems were likely to occur as the testing was rolled out.
GAO found that contractors were required to wait three months for results from their tests before they could be shared.