Combating terrorism (11 - 20 of 31 items)
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: 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...
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...
Combating Terrorism: Observations on Options to Improve the Federal Response
GAO-01-660T: Published: Apr 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2001.
This testimony discusses three bills that would change the overall leadership and management of programs to combat terrorism. The three bills--H.R. 525, H.R. 1158, and H.R. 1292--vary in scope. H.R. 525 focuses on federal programs to prepare state and local governments for domestic terrorist attacks. Both H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1292 focus on the larger issue of homeland security, which includes terror...
Combating Terrorism: Federal Response Teams Provide Varied Capabilities; Opportunities Remain to Improve Coordination
GAO-01-14: Published: Nov 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2001.
Eight federal agencies now have teams that can respond to a terrorist attack involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons. Each team varies in size, structure, geographical scope, and task. The teams do not duplicate one another. They have unique capabilities and functions, and many have experience dealing with different types of agents and weapons. The type of terrorist incide...
Combating Terrorism: Linking Threats to Strategies and Resources
T-NSIAD-00-218: Published: Jul 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the threat of terrorist attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) materials, focusing on: (1) the threat and risk assessments to help develop a national strategy and help prioritize and focus program investments to combat terrorism; and (2) observations on how other countries allocate resources and determine funding p...
Combating Terrorism: How Five Foreign Countries Are Organized to Combat Terrorism
NSIAD-00-85: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed five foreign countries' efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on: (1) how other governments are organized to combat terrorism; and (2) how they allocate their resources to combat terrorism.GAO noted that: (1) the countries generally have the majority of organizations used to combat terrorism under one lead government ministry; (2) however, because...
Combating Terrorism: Comments on Bill H.R. 4210 to Manage Selected Counterterrorist Programs
T-NSIAD-00-172: Published: May 4, 2000. Publicly Released: May 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Terrorism Preparedness Act of 2000 (H.R. 4210), focusing on the new office it created to manage selected counterterrorist programs.GAO noted that: (1) overall, GAO believes that H.R. 4210 would address some of the problems of fragmentation and duplication that GAO and others have found in programs to combat terrorism; (2) specifically, the bil...
Combating Terrorism: Need to Eliminate Duplicate Federal Weapons of Mass Destruction Training
NSIAD-00-64: Published: Mar 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential for duplicative weapons of mass destruction training, focusing on: (1) the principal federal organizations that provide weapons of mass destruction training to first responders; (2) whether the training is well coordinated among federal organizations; and (3) actions being taken to improve the federal government's role...