Interagency relations (41 - 50 of 73 items)
Homeland Security: Proposal for Cabinet Agency Has Merit, But Implementation Will be Pivotal to Success
GAO-02-886T: Published: Jun 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2002.
Since September 11, the President and Congress have taken aggressive steps to protect the nation, including creating an Office of Homeland Security (OHS); passing new laws, such as the USA Patriot Act and an emergency supplemental spending bill; establishing a new agency to improve transportation security; and working with federal, state, and local governments, private sector entities, non-governm...
Homeland Security: Key Elements to Unify Efforts Are Underway but Uncertainty Remains
GAO-02-610: Published: Jun 7, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2002.
The issue of homeland security crosscuts numerous policy domains, impinging on the expertise and resources of every level of government, the private sector, and the international community. GAO found that although combating terrorism crossed organizational boundaries, it did not sufficiently coordinate the activities of the 40 federal entities involved, resulting in duplication and gaps in coverag...
Homeland Security: Progress Made; More Direction and Partnership Sought
GAO-02-490T: Published: Mar 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2002.
Enhancing homeland security is a complex effort that involves all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories; thousands of municipalities; and countless private entities. Since September 11, the nation has taken many actions to combat terrorism and enhance homeland security. It is well known that the U.S. military is conducting operations in Afghanistan. Various legislative and execu...
Homeland Security: Need to Consider VA's Role in Strengthening Federal Preparedness
GAO-02-145T: Published: Oct 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2001.
In the event of a domestic terrorist attack or other major disasters, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to provide backup medical resources to the military health system and local communities. VA now assists other federal agencies that have lead responsibility for responding to disasters, including terrorism. Its areas of responsibility include disaster simulation exercises and maintainin...
Bioterrorism: Public Health and Medical Preparedness
GAO-02-141T: Published: Oct 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2001.
Federal research and preparedness activities related to bioterrorism center on detecting of such agents; developing new or improved vaccines, antibiotics, and antivirals; and developing performance standards for emergency response equipment. Preparedness activities include: (1) increasing federal, state, and local response capabilities; (2) developing response teams; (3) increasing the availabilit...
Bioterrorism: Coordination and Preparedness
GAO-02-129T: Published: Oct 5, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2001.
This testimony discusses on the efforts of federal agencies to prepare for the consequences of a bioterrorist attack. GAO found that federal agencies are participating in research and preparedness activities, from improving the detection of biological agents to developing a national stockpile of pharmaceuticals to treat victims of disasters. Federal agencies also have several efforts underway to c...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Significant Challenges in Developing Analysis, Warning, and Response Capabilities
GAO-01-1005T: Published: Jul 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2001.
The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) is an important element of the U.S.' strategy to protect the nation's infrastructures from hostile attacks, especially computer-based attacks. This testimony discusses the key findings of a GAO report on NIPC's progress in developing national capabilities for analyzing cyber threats and vulnerability data and issuing warnings, enhancing its capa...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Significant Challenges in Developing National Capabilities
GAO-01-323: Published: Apr 25, 2001. Publicly Released: May 22, 2001.
To better protect the nation's critical computer-dependent infrastructures from computer-based attacks and disruption, the President issued Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 63 in 1998. The directive established the National Infrastructure Protection Center as a national focal point for gathering information on threats and facilitating the federal government's response to computer-based incid...
Combating Terrorism: Comments on H.R. 525 to Create a President's Council on Domestic Terrorism Preparedness
GAO-01-555T: Published: May 9, 2001. Publicly Released: May 9, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Preparedness Against Domestic Terrorism Act of 2001 (H.R. 525). To improve federal efforts to help state and local personnel prepare for domestic terrorist attacks, H.R. 525 would create a single focal point for policy and coordination--the President's Council on Domestic Terrorism Preparedness--within the White House. The new council would include the President, sever...
Combating Terrorism: Accountability Over Medical Supplies Needs Further Improvement
GAO-01-463: Published: Mar 30, 2001. Publicly Released: May 1, 2001.
This report updates the status of corrective measures taken by federal agencies to address internal control weaknesses that could affect the United States' ability to effectively respond to chemical or biological terrorist attacks. GAO, which cited these weaknesses in 1999, found that the agencies have significantly improved accountability over the medical supplies needed to treat victims of chemi...