Homeland security (21 - 30 of 210 items)
Screening Partnership Program: TSA Can Benefit from Improved Cost Estimates
GAO-16-19: Published: Nov 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
Based on an analysis of TSA's cost estimating practices and methodology developed in 2013 against best practices, TSA's cost estimates have some strengths, but also have limitations in four general characteristics needed to reflect a high-quality and reliable cost estimate. TSA's cost estimating practices reflect certain strengths, including a revised cost estimating methodology that provides suff...
Combating Nuclear Smuggling: Risk-Informed Covert Assessments and Oversight of Corrective Actions Could Strengthen Capabilities at the Border
GAO-16-191T: Published: Oct 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2015.
In its September 2014 report, GAO reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Operational Field Testing Division (OFTD) conducted 144 covert operations at 86 locations from fiscal years 2006 through 2013. OFTD selected these locations from a total of 655 U.S. air, land, and sea port facilities; checkpoints; and certain international locations...
Combating Terrorism: State Should Evaluate Its Countering Violent Extremism Program and Set Time Frames for Addressing Evaluation Recommendations
GAO-15-684: Published: Jul 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2015.
The Department of State's (State) Bureau of Counterterrorism has had an annual increase in authorized full-time equivalent (FTE) positions since fiscal year 2011 and has recently undertaken efforts to reduce a persistent staffing gap. The bureau's authorized FTEs increased from 66 in fiscal year 2011 to 96 in fiscal year 2015, and over the same period, FTE vacancies ranged from 17 to 23 percent. T...
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts
GAO-15-437: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking steps to address various long-standing workforce management challenges identified by GAO. Since 2007, GAO has found that FEMA faced challenges in completing and integrating its strategic workforce planning efforts. As a result, GAO recommended that FEMA develop a plan that identifies workforce gaps and...
Chemical and Biological Defense: Designated Entity Needed to Identify, Align, and Manage DOD's Infrastructure
GAO-15-257: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
A key component of the 26 Department of Defense (DOD) organizations that constitute the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) Enterprise is the chemical and biological defense research and development and test and evaluation infrastructure. After nearly 7 years, the CBDP Enterprise has not fully achieved its goal to identify required infrastructure capabilities. The Joint Chemical, Biolog...
DHS IT Contracting: Steps Taken to Enhance EAGLE II Small Business Opportunities, but Better Assessment Data Needed
GAO-15-551: Published: Jun 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2015.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) procurement officials reported taking three key steps to enhance small business participation in the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contracts:Creating small business tracks within each of EAGLE II's three lines of business, including socioeconomic set-aside tracks, to exclusively target competitions to small businesses...
Screening Partnership Program: TSA's Cost and Performance Independent Study
GAO-15-612R: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded a contract to conduct an independent study (the Study) of, among other things, the costs of screening at airports participating in TSA's Screening Partnership Program (SPP) and federalized (non-SPP) airports. The Study's comparison of the costs of providing screening services at SPP and non-SPP airports has some strengths, such as comparing...
Border Security: Progress and Challenges in DHS's Efforts to Implement and Assess Infrastructure and Technology
GAO-15-595T: Published: May 13, 2015. Publicly Released: May 13, 2015.
GAO reported in March 2014 that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), had made progress in deploying programs under the Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan (the Plan), but that CBP could strengthen its management and assessment of the Plan's programs. Specifically, GAO reported that CBP's schedules and life-cycle cost estimates for the...
Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Better Manage Security Screening at Federal Buildings and Courthouses
GAO-15-445: Published: Mar 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2015.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) and the Department of Justice's (DOJ) United States Marshals Service (USMS) experience a range of challenges in their efforts to provide effective security screening, including:Building characteristics and location may limit security options: many General Services Administration (GSA) buildings were designed and construct...
Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS Research and Development on Radiation Detection Technology Could Be Strengthened
GAO-15-263: Published: Mar 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2015.
During fiscal years 2008 through 2013, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) started 189 research and development (R&D) projects that it grouped into various scientific or technological focus areas, known as portfolios. These projects are intended to address gaps in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA), a U.S. government framework to detec...