Terrorism (51 - 60 of 89 items)
Border Security: Additional Actions Needed to Eliminate Weaknesses in the Visa Revocation Process
GAO-04-899T: Published: Jul 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2004.
The National Strategy for Homeland Security calls for preventing foreign terrorists from entering our country and using all legal means to identify; halt; and where appropriate, prosecute or bring immigration or other civil charges against terrorists in the United States. GAO reported in June 2003 that the visa revocation process needed to be strengthened as an antiterrorism tool and recommended t...
Homeland Security: Selected Recommendations from Congressionally Chartered Commissions and GAO
GAO-04-591: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2004.
Terrorist attacks, both before and after September 11, 2001, have increased congressional concerns regarding the complexity, funding, and oversight of federal programs designed to combat terrorism and ensure homeland security. Hundreds of recommendations have been made by nationally chartered commissions and GAO to further improve our nation's strategic planning and program development in homeland...
Combating Terrorism: Federal Agencies Face Continuing Challenges in Addressing Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering
GAO-04-501T: Published: Mar 4, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2004.
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks highlighted the importance of data collection, information sharing, and coordination within the U.S. government. Such efforts are important whether focused on terrorism or as an integral part of a broader strategy for combating money laundering. In this testimony, GAO addresses (1) the challenges the U.S. government faces in deterring terrorists' use of al...
Combating Terrorism: Interagency Framework and Agency Programs to Address the Overseas Threat
GAO-03-165: Published: May 23, 2003. Publicly Released: May 23, 2003.
Coordination of federal programs to combat terrorism overseas became even more critical as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. In response to these attacks, the federal government has taken unprecedented political, diplomatic, legal, law enforcement, financial, military, and intelligence actions to combat terrorism abroad. Among these actions is the p...
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues
GAO-03-715T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security, brought together 22 diverse organizations to help prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorist attacks, and minimize damage and assist in recovery from attacks that do occur. To accomplish this mission, the act established specific homeland security re...
Port Security: Nation Faces Formidable Challenges in Making New Initiatives Successful
GAO-02-993T: Published: Aug 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2002.
Although most of the attention following the September 11 terrorist attacks focused on airport security, an increasing emphasis has since been placed on ports. Ports are inherently vulnerable to terrorist attacks because of their size, generally open accessibility by water and land, metropolitan area location, the amount of material being transported through ports, and the ready transportation lin...
Homeland Security: Critical Design and Implementation Issues
GAO-02-957T: Published: Jul 17, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2002.
The government faces a unique opportunity to create an organization that is extremely effective in protecting the nation's borders and citizens against terrorism. There is likely to be considerable benefit over time from restructuring some of the homeland security functions, including reducing risk and improving the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of consolidated agencies and programs. Sort...
Homeland Security: New Department Could Improve Coordination but Transferring Control of Certain Public Health Programs Raises Concerns
GAO-02-954T: Published: Jul 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2002.
Federal, state, and local governments share responsibility for terrorist attacks. However, local government, including police and fire departments, emergency medical personnel, and public health agencies, is typically the first responder to an incident. The federal government historically has provided leadership, training, and funding assistance. In the aftermath of September 11, for instance, one...
Homeland Security: Title III of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
GAO-02-927T: Published: Jul 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2002.
Title III of the proposed Department of Homeland Security legislation would task the new department with developing national policy and coordinating the federal government's research and development efforts for responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. It would also transfer to the new department responsibility for certain research and development programs and other ac...
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...