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Federal Facilities: Selected Facilities' Emergency Plans Generally Reflect Federal Guidance
GAO-14-101: Published: Oct 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2013.
Federal agencies occupying facilities owned or leased by the General Services Administration (GSA) are responsible for preparing and maintaining occupant emergency plans (OEP), with assistance or guidance from the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and others, and the majority of selected federal facilities' OEPs GAO reviewed reflect federal guidance. As required by federal regulations, all 20 selec...
Facility Security: Greater Outreach by DHS on Standards and Management Practices Could Benefit Federal Agencies
GAO-13-222: Published: Jan 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2013.
Agencies draw upon a variety of information sources in developing and updating their physical security programs. The most widely used source, according to survey responses from 32 agencies, is the institutional knowledge or subject matter expertise in physical security that agencies' security staff have developed through their professional experience. The second most used source are standards issu...
Registered Sex Offenders: Sharing More Information Will Enable Federal Agencies to Improve Notifications of Sex Offenders' International Travel
GAO-13-200: Published: Feb 14, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2013.
What GAO FoundThree federal agencies--U.S. Marshals, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Washington - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)--use information from state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions, as well as passenger data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to identify registered sex offenders...
DHS Strategic Workforce Planning: Oversight of Departmentwide Efforts Should Be Strengthened
GAO-13-65: Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken some relatively recent steps to enhance strategic workforce planning across the department. These steps are generally consistent with leading principles, but the department has not yet implemented an effective oversight approach for monitoring and evaluating components' progress. Specifically, recent steps DHS has taken to develop and implement s...
Critical Infrastructure: DHS Needs to Refocus Its Efforts to Lead the Government Facilities Sector
GAO-12-852: Published: Aug 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) has not been effective as the lead agency for the government facilities sector, which includes facilities at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial level. Under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and the 2010 sector-specific plan, FPS is responsible for establishing a risk management approach and developing effective partnerships for...
Secure Communities: Criminal Alien Removals Increased, but Technology Planning Improvements Needed
GAO-12-708: Published: Jul 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Data from the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicate that the percentage of its removals attributable to Secure Communities increased from about 4 percent in fiscal year 2009 to about 20 percent in fiscal year 2011. Of about 183,000 aliens removed under the program from October 2008 through March 2012, about 74 percent had a criminal convict...
Export Controls: Proposed Reforms Create Opportunities to Address Enforcement Challenges
GAO-12-246: Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2012.
Agencies use a risk-based approach, including workload and threat assessment data, to allocate resources, but most do not fully track those used for export control enforcement activities. As their missions are broader than export controls, agencies can use staff resources for other activities based on need, making tracking resources used solely for export control enforcement difficult. Only Commer...
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...
Department of Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap and Potential Unnecessary Duplication, Achieve Cost Savings, and Strengthen Mission Functions
GAO-12-464T: Published: Mar 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2012.
In March 2011 and February 2012, GAO reported on 6 areas where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Congress could take action to reduce overlap and potential unnecessary duplication, and 9 areas to achieve cost-savings. Of the 22 actions GAO suggested be taken in March 2011 to address such issues, 2 were fully implemented, 14 were partially implemented, and 6 have not been addressed. GAO&...
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...