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Federal Real Property Security: Interagency Security Committee Should Implement A Lessons-Learned Process
GAO-12-901: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
Based on GAOs previous work and the information obtained from other agencies, GAO identified eight individual practices that can be combined and considered steps within an overall lessons-learned processthat is, a systematic means for agencies to learn from an event and make decisions about when and how to use that knowledge to change behavior. Not all of the agencies with which GAO sp...
Information Technology: DHS Needs to Further Define and Implement Its New Governance Process
GAO-12-818: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has defined a vision for its new information technology (IT) governance process, which includes a tiered oversight structure that defines distinct roles and responsibilities throughout the department. The new governance framework and the associated policies and procedures are generally consistent with recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance a...
Cybersecurity: Challenges in Securing the Electricity Grid
GAO-12-926T: Published: Jul 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2012.
The threats to systems supporting critical infrastructures are evolving and growing. In testimony, the Director of National Intelligence noted a dramatic increase in cyber activity targeting U.S. computers and systems, including a more than tripling of the volume of malicious software. Varying types of threats from numerous sources can adversely affect computers, software, networks, organizations,...
Managing for Results: A Guide for Using the GPRA Modernization Act to Help Inform Congressional Decision Making
GAO-12-621SP: Published: Jun 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2012.
GPRAMA requires OMB and agencies to consult with relevant committees, obtaining majority and minority views, about proposed goals at least once every 2 years. Specifically, OMB is required to consult with relevant committees with broad jurisdiction on crosscutting priority goals. Agencies are to consult with their relevant appropriations, authorization, and oversight committees when developing or...
Homeland Security: DHS and TSA Face Challenges Overseeing Acquisition of Screening Technologies
GAO-12-644T: Published: May 9, 2012. Publicly Released: May 9, 2012.
GAOs past work has found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have faced challenges in developing and meeting program requirements when acquiring screening technologies. GAOs past work has demonstrated that program performance cannot be accurately assessed without valid baseline requirements established at the program start...
Managing Preparedness Grants and Assessing National Capabilities: Continuing Challenges Impede FEMA's Progress
GAO-12-526T: Published: Mar 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2012.
DHS and FEMA have taken actions with the goal of enhancing management of preparedness grants, but better project information and coordination could help FEMA identify and mitigate the risk of unnecessary duplication among grant applications. Specifically, DHS and FEMA have taken actions to streamline the application and award processes and have enhanced their use of risk management for allocating...
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&...
Transportation Security Infrastructure Modernization May Enhance DHS Screening Capabilities, but It Is Too Early to Assess Results
GAO-12-192R: Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 8, 2011.
Securing transportation systems and facilities requires balancing security to address potential threats while facilitating the flow of people and goods that are critical to the U.S. economy and necessary for supporting international commerce. As we have previously reported, transportation systems and facilities are vulnerable and difficult to secure given their size, easy accessibility, large numb...
National Capital Region: 2010 Strategic Plan is Generally Consistent with Characteristics of Effective Strategies
GAO-12-276T: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
This testimony discusses the status of efforts to enhance emergency preparedness in the National Capital Region (NCR). The NCR is a partnership among the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, area local governments, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for National Capital Region Coordination (NCRC) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (...
Federal Courthouses: Improved Collaboration Needed to Meet Demands of a Complex Security Environment
GAO-11-857: Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2011.
Safe and accessible federal courthouses are critical to the U.S. judicial process. The Federal Protective Service (FPS), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Marshals Service (Marshals Service), within the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and the General Services Administration (GSA) are the federal stakeholders with roles rel...