Counterterrorism (41 - 50 of 84 items)
Homeland Security Advisory System: Preliminary Observations Regarding Threat Level Increases from Yellow to Orange
GAO-04-453R: Published: Feb 26, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2004.
Established in March 2002, the Homeland Security Advisory System was designed to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state, and local government agencies and the public. However, this system generated concern among federal, state, and local government agencies regarding whether they are receiving the necessary information to respond appropriately to heightened...
DOD Excess Property: Risk Assessment Needed on Public Sales of Equipment That Could Be Used to Make Biological Agents
GAO-04-81TNI: Published: Oct 7, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2003.
Due to continuing concerns about bioterrorism and the potential for future anthrax attacks, GAO was asked to audit controls over public sales of excess DOD biological equipment and chemical and biological protective clothing that could be used to produce and disseminate biological warfare agents. GAO used a case study approach to determine (1) the extent to which DOD is selling biological equipmen...
Hospital Preparedness: Most Urban Hospitals Have Emergency Plans but Lack Certain Capacities for Bioterrorism Response
GAO-03-924: Published: Aug 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2003.
In the event of a large-scale infectious disease outbreak, as could be seen with a bioterrorist attack, hospitals and their emergency departments would be on the front line. Federal, state, and local officials are concerned, however, that hospitals may not have the capacity to accept and treat a sudden, large increase in the number of patients, as might be seen in a bioterrorist attack. In the Pub...
Nuclear Security: NNSA Needs to Better Manage Its Safeguards and Security Program
GAO-03-471: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2003.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, intensified long-standing concerns about the adequacy of safeguards and security at four nuclear weapons production sites and three national laboratories that design nuclear weapons--most of these facilities store plutonium and uranium in a variety of forms. These facilities can become targets for such actions as sabotage or theft. The Department of Energy (DOE)...
Coast Guard: Challenges during the Transition to the Department of Homeland Security
GAO-03-594T: Published: Apr 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2003.
The Coast Guard is one of 22 agencies being placed in the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With its key roles in the nation's ports, waterways, and coastlines, the Coast Guard is an important part of enhanced homeland security efforts. But it also has important nonsecurity missions, such as search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection, and drug and migrant interdiction. GAO...
Homeland Security: Voluntary Initiatives Are Under Way at Chemical Facilities, but the Extent of Security Preparedness Is Unknown
GAO-03-439: Published: Mar 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2003.
The events of September 11, 2001, triggered a national re-examination of the security of thousands of industrial facilities that use or store hazardous chemicals in quantities that could potentially put large numbers of Americans at risk of serious injury or death in the event of a terrorist-caused chemical release. GAO was asked to examine (1) available information on the threats and risks from...
Combating Terrorism: Observations on National Strategies Related to Terrorism
GAO-03-519T: Published: Mar 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 2003.
In GAO's past work, we have stressed the importance of a national strategy to combat terrorism. We stated that such a national strategy should provide a clear statement about what the nation hopes to achieve. A national strategy should not only define the roles of federal agencies, but also those of state and local governments, the private sector, and the international community. A national strate...
Homeland Security: Challenges Facing the Coast Guard as it Transitions to the New Department
GAO-03-467T: Published: Feb 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2003.
The Coast Guard is one of 22 agencies being placed in the new Department of Homeland Security. With its key roles in the nation's ports, waterways, and coastlines, the Coast Guard is an important part of enhanced homeland security efforts. But it also has non-security missions, such as search and rescue, fisheries and environmental protection, and boating safety. GAO has conducted a number of revi...
Homeland Security: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues
GAO-03-250: Published: Dec 13, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2003.
Information technology (IT) will play a critical role in strengthening our nation's homeland security against potential future attacks. Specifically, IT will help enable the nation to identify potential threats, share information more readily, provide mechanisms to protect our homeland, and develop response capabilities. The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Committee on Gover...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Homeland Security
GAO-03-102: Published: Jan 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2003.
The new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) faces unique opportunities and risks for ensuring the nation's homeland security. The implementation and transformation of DHS will be complex, and the components being merged into the new department already face a wide array of existing challenges. The information GAO presents in this report is intended to sustain congressional attention and a departm...