Congressman Radel, a Foreign Affairs committee member, introduced his first bill, the Protecting Americans Abroad Act. The Act authorizes the State Department to use the "Best-Value Contracting" award method in high-risk areas to ensure the safety of American men and women serving our country abroad. Currently, the State Department is mandated to utilize the cheapest, most inexpensive security available in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. The Act comes at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Instead, it allows the State Department to use its budget more efficiently to better protect Americans abroad. The legislation was specifically requested by Secretary Clinton in her testimony on Benghazi to the Committee.
"The staff that serve us abroad are often present and needed most in unstable and hostile regions where security is critical -- that is why I introduced the Protecting Americans Abroad Act. With questions still lingering around the attack in Benghazi, the Protecting Americans Abroad act gives the State Department the necessary tools to ensure what happened there never happens again and to keep Americans serving us safe from harm."