Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1202
Title: VILNIUS UNATTENDED OPERATIONS WAIVER REQUEST

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05VILNIUS12022005-11-10 15:09:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Vilnius
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 VILNIUS 001202 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR IRM/CST/LD 
DEPARTMENT FOR DS/ACD/SSB 
DEPARTMENT FOR DS/CMP/ECB: WEBBER, MR. PATRICK 
DEPARTMENT FOR DS/CS/SSD: WALKER, JAN 
DEPARTMENT FOR DS/CMP/ECB: GERST, TENA 
DEPARTMENT FOR DS/C: STARR, GREG 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/EX/IM: COTE, JAN A 
DEPARTMENT FOR IRM/BPC/CST/LD/OB: TIANG-CHU, ELAINE 
DEPARTMENT FOR THE OFFICE OF THE CIO 
FRANKFURT FOR RIMC 
FRANKFURT FOR RCSO: CALVIN REIMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/20/2014 
TAGS: AADP ABLD AMGT ACOA ASEC KRIM LH
SUBJECT: VILNIUS UNATTENDED OPERATIONS WAIVER REQUEST 
 
REF: A. MCCRANE-TIANG-CHU EMAIL 9/23/2005 
     ¶B. 2003 STATE 84156 
     ¶C. WAIVER DECISION MEMORANDUM 8/25/92 
     ¶D. STATE 190564 
     ¶E. STATE 198066 
     ¶F. OIG REPORT OSO/1-95-28 
     ¶G. "SECURITY INSPECTION OF EMBASSY VILNIUS LITHUANIA," OIG 
        NOVEMBER 1999 
     ¶H. 2004 VILNIUS 1319 
     ¶I. 2004 STATE 249854 
     ¶J. 2005 VILNIUS 69 
     ¶K. 5 FAH-6 H550 
     ¶L. 12 FAH-6 H-536.5-1 
 
Classified By: McCrane, David J 
 
SUMMARY 
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¶1. (S) Post requests a temporary waiver to begin 24-hour 
unattended operations for classified communications.  Post 
needs to have all message traffic available at the beginning 
of the business day in order to operate efficiently in 
response to Washington taskings.  We cannot do that now 
without incurring significant overtime costs.  A temporary 
waiver until planned OBO renovations bring the Embassy up to 
standards will empower post to respond to Washington 
requirements without jeopardizing classified information in 
this low security-threat post.  Failure to provide the waiver 
would jeopardize our ability to maintain workflow and risk 
damaging hardware not designed to be dismantled and locked up 
on a daily basis.  RSO, IM and EXEC concur with this waiver 
request and seek a decision soonest.  End summary. 
 
THE PROBLEM 
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¶2. (S) Vilnius is an active mission with a heavy 
multilateral and bilateral agenda that reflects our excellent 
relationship with Lithuania.  To respond to Washington 
requirements in a timely manner, post needs to have all 
incoming traffic in our inboxes by 0830 in time to arrange 
priorities for the day (Ref A).  Post cannot do that now 
without incurring substantial overtime costs. Ref B 
authorized 24-hour unattended operations for all posts 
meeting certain criteria.  Post has everything needed to go 
to unattended ops as required in Ref B except a vault door. 
Ref C memo recognizes this deficiency and provides a waiver 
for routine operations.  We now want to extend the Ref C 
waiver to include unattended ops for the temporary period 
until renovations planned by OBO will eliminate the physical 
security deficiency.  Without the waiver, IMO will be 
compelled to remove 30 hard drives and lock them in a safe. 
This would add additional demands on his time, and would 
jeopardize this sensitive equipment, which is not designed to 
be moved routinely. 
 
¶3. (S) Post tried to solve this problem on our own by 
submitting a plan to provide physical security as prescribed 
by DS guidelines.  Our plan, which focused on the purchase of 
two safes, was approved in October 2005, but we now find that 
the waiting time to order and ship the required safes is 
about one year.  Although we attempted to find a solution, 
the net effect has been that our operations will still be 
hamstrung.  Moreover, this stopgap measure will require us to 
spend approximately 100,000 USD on two safes that would not 
arrive until shortly before our Chancery renovation is 
scheduled to begin in 2007. 
 
 ¶4. (S) No security threats that would jeopardize 24-hour 
unattended operations have arisen in the years since DS 
granted the Ref C waiver.  Additionally, OBO has plans for a 
chancery renovation that, when completed, would eliminate the 
need for a waiver.  The track record of the past thirteen 
years supports the extension of the Ref C waiver to cover 
unattended operations as well as standard operations. 
 
SOLUTION 
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¶5. (SBU)  All interested Mission elements, including the 
RSO, MGT, IM, and the Front Office, support  a waiver for 
Post to move to 24-hour unattended operations for the 
following reasons: 
 
-- OBO's planned chancery renovation project will 
   solve the physical security issues; 
-- the physical threat level is low (Ref E); 
-- DS waived the physical security requirements for 
   Post (Ref C); 
-- the PCC has operated for 13 years without a physical 
   security incident; and 
-- post's technical protections conform to standards. 
 
¶6. (S) Post requests that DS grant a waiver allowing the 
Vilnius PCC to go to 24-hour unattended operations until 
chancery renovations eliminate the need for the waiver. 
MULL