Federal acquisitions (1 - 10 of 11 items)
Homeland Security Acquisitions: Joint Requirements Council's Initial Approach Is Generally Sound and It Is Developing a Process to Inform Investment Priorities
GAO-17-171: Published: Oct 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2016.
GAO found that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Joint Requirements Council's (JRC) structure and management approach—informed by assessments of requirements processes, guidance, and lessons learned from DHS components and the Department of Defense—are generally consistent with key practices for mergers and organizational transformations. However, although 24 of DHS's 36 major acquis...
Managing for Results: Agencies Need to Fully Identify and Report Major Management Challenges and Actions to Resolve them in their Agency Performance Plans
GAO-16-510: Published: Jun 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2016.
The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) requires agencies to describe their major management challenges and identify associated performance information in their agency performance plans (APP). GAO found, however, that 14 of 24 agencies reviewed did not describe their major management challenges in their APPs as required. This is, in part, because the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) gui...
Department of Homeland Security: Progress Made, but Work Remains in Strengthening Acquisition and Other Management Functions
GAO-16-507T: Published: Mar 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2016.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to strengthen and integrate its management functions have resulted in it meeting three and partially meeting two of GAO's criteria for removal from the high-risk list (see table).Assessment of DHS Progress in Addressing the Strengthening DHS Management Functions High-Risk Area, as of March 2016Criterion for removal from high-risk list Meta Partia...
Homeland Security Acquisitions: Major Program Assessments Reveal Actions Needed to Improve Accountability
GAO-15-171SP: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015.
GAO found two of the 22 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs it reviewed were on track to meet the initial schedule and cost parameters established after DHS's current acquisition policy went into effect in November 2008. Fourteen programs had experienced schedule slips, or schedule slips and cost growth, including five programs GAO reviewed because they were at-risk of poor outcomes and...
Market Research: Better Documentation Needed to Inform Future Procurements at Selected Agencies
GAO-15-8: Published: Oct 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2014.
Market research guidance at the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is consistent with federal regulations in terms of market research objectives and builds on the techniques for communicating with industry outlined in federal regulations. All four agencies require that market research be clearly documented a...
Coast Guard: Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Faced in Developing and Implementing a Common Operational Picture
GAO-13-784T: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
The Coast Guard, a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has made progress in developing its Common Operational Picture (COP) by increasing the information in the COP and increasing user access to this information. The Coast Guard has made progress by adding internal and external data sources that allow for better understanding of anything associated with the global maritime doma...
Combating Nuclear Smuggling: Lessons Learned from Cancelled Radiation Portal Monitor Program Could Help Future Acquisitions
GAO-13-256: Published: May 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2013.
The advanced spectroscopic portal monitor (ASP)--a next-generation radiation portal monitor (RPM) for screening trucks and cargo containers--did not pass field validation tests conducted in 2009 and 2010. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) intended to replace many currently deployed RPMs and handheld radiation detectors used by U.S. Customs and Bor...
Homeland Security: DHS and TSA Continue to Face Challenges Developing and Acquiring Screening Technologies
GAO-13-469T: Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken and is taking steps to address challenges related to developing, testing, and delivering screening technologies for selected aviation security programs, but challenges remain. For example, in January 2012, GAO reported that TSA faced challenges developing and meeting key performance requirements for the acquisition of advanced imaging tech...
Department of Homeland Security: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Efficiency and Effectiveness, Achieve Cost Savings, and Improve Management Functions
GAO-13-547T: Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2013.
Since 2011, GAO has identified 11 areas across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where fragmentation, overlap, or potential duplication exists and 13 areas of opportunity for cost savings or enhanced revenue collections. In these reports, GAO has suggested 53 total actions to the department and Congress to help strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS operations. In GAOs 20...
Homeland Security: DHS Requires More Disciplined Investment Management to Help Meet Mission Needs
GAO-12-833: Published: Sep 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2012.
Nearly all of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program managers GAO surveyed reported their programs had experienced significant challenges. Sixty-eight of the 71 respondents reported they experienced funding instability, faced workforce shortfalls, or their planned capabilities changed after initiation, and most survey respondents reported a combination of these challenges. DHS lacks the...