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In the aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) was established on October 19, 1995, by Executive Order 12977 (Clinton, 1995) and charged to set long-term construction standards for locations requiring blast resistance or other specialized security measures. The ISC drafted the ISC Security Design Criteria for New Federal Office Buildings and Major Modernization Projects (ISC, 2001) to ensure that security becomes an integral part of the planning, design, and construction of these projects. Both the ISC Security Design Criteria and the GSA Draft Security Design Criteria that preceded it grew out of the Department of Justice's Vulnerability Assessment (DOJ, 1995), written after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
In response to that request, the NRC assembled a panel of independent experts, the Committee to Review the Security Design Criteria of the Interagency Security Committee, under the auspices of the NRC Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. The 11 members of the committee have expertise in architecture, structural engineering, blast-effects mitigation, mechanical and electrical engineering, physical security, site design, risk analysis and management, facility planning and cost engineering, and performance-based building codes. Biographical information about the committee members is provided in the
While performing its first task, the committee recognized the desirability of objective criteria upon which to base its evaluation, but it became immediately apparent that no objective criteria were available. Therefore, the committee determined that the most reasonable approach would be to use the professional expertise and experience of its members to assess whether a specific provision or design criterion would offer a design professional "reasonable flexibility and creativity" in achieving the desired secu-