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Robert Peck, second from the right, is the commissioner of public buildings service for the General Services Administration. He shared a story from his days as an architecture student in the 1970s, when he got kicked out of a federal building for taking a picture.

 

At the far left is John Porcari, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Eleanor Holmes Norton was not pleased with most of his answers.

 

 

This hearing, "Risk-based Security in Federal Buildings: Targeting Funds to Real Risks and Eliminating Unnecessary Security Obstacles," featured me talking about the harassment of photographers at the Department of Transportation headquarters, then moved into DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's general displeasure at the haphazard way federal buildings are secured. She, like most of us in DC, I think, would like buildings to be more open to the general public.

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Taken on September 23, 2009