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Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems
GAO-16-696T: Published: May 25, 2016. Publicly Released: May 25, 2016.
The federal government spent more than 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments. Specifically, 5,233 of the government's approximately 7,000 IT investments are spending all of their funds on O&M activities. Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billio...
Federal Facility Security: Additional Actions Needed to Help Agencies Comply with Risk Assessment Methodology Standards
GAO-14-86: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2014.
Three of the nine selected agencies' risk assessment methodologies that GAO reviewed—the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of State (State)—fully align with the Interagency Security Committee's (ISC) risk assessment standards, but six do not—the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Federal Protective Serv...
Visa Waiver Program: Additional Actions Needed to Mitigate Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
GAO-12-599T: Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2012.
GAO has reported on actions that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken to improve the security of the Visa Waiver Program; but, additional risks remain. In May 2011, GAO reported that DHS implemented the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), required by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Act), and took steps to minimize the burden a...
Visa Waiver Program: Additional Actions Needed to Address Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
GAO-12-287T: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals from 36 member countries to apply for admission to the United States as temporary visitors for business or pleasure without a visa. From fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2010, over 98 million visitors were admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. During that time period, the De...
Homeland Security: Management of First Responder Grant Programs Has Improved, but Challenges Remain
GAO-05-121: Published: Feb 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2005.
The Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP)--originally established in 1998 within the Department of Justice to help state and local first responders acquire specialized training and equipment needed to respond to terrorist incidents--was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security upon its creation in March 2003. After September 11, 2001, the scope and size of ODP's grant programs expanded...
Homeland Security: Selected Recommendations from Congressionally Chartered Commissions and GAO
GAO-04-591: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2004.
Terrorist attacks, both before and after September 11, 2001, have increased congressional concerns regarding the complexity, funding, and oversight of federal programs designed to combat terrorism and ensure homeland security. Hundreds of recommendations have been made by nationally chartered commissions and GAO to further improve our nation's strategic planning and program development in homeland...
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Observations on U.S. Threat Reduction and Nonproliferation Programs in Russia
GAO-03-526T: Published: Mar 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2003.
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia inherited the world's largest arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. The Soviets' extensive military resources and autocratic rule allowed it to maintain and secure this vast arsenal. As Russia adopted economic reforms and moved toward an open society, its economy and central controls deteriorated, making it difficult to maintain...
Building Security: Security Responsibilities for Federally Owned and Leased Facilities
GAO-03-8: Published: Oct 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2002.
This report responds to a Congressional request for information regarding critical infrastructure protection within the federal government. In May 1998, Presidential Decision Directive 63 was issued with the intent to eliminate any significant vulnerability to both physical and cyber attacks on the nation's critical infrastructure. It makes every department and agency of the federal government res...
West Nile Virus Outbreak: Lessons for Public Health Preparedness
HEHS-00-180: Published: Sep 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the West Nile virus outbreak, focusing on: (1) establishing a thorough chronological account of the significant events and communications that occurred, from doctors and others who first saw the symptoms and from the officials mounting a response; and (2) identifying lessons learned for public health and bioterrorism preparedness.GAO...