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Status of Key Recommendations GAO Has Made to DHS and Its Legacy Agencies
GAO-04-865R: Published: Jul 2, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2004.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has undertaken numerous actions to enhance the nation's homeland security, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). One of the primary reasons for the establishment of DHS was to unify the vast national network of organizations and institutions involved in efforts to protect our nation. Since it b...
The Chief Operating Officer Concept and its Potential Use as a Strategy to Improve Management at the Department of Homeland Security
GAO-04-876R: Published: Jun 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2004.
In a May 18, 2004 letter, the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security observed that many management and integration challenges remain at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and to strengthen the departmentwide reforms and transformation underway at DHS the Select Committee is considering options such as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) concept to help address these chall...
Coast Guard: Key Management and Budget Challenges for Fiscal Year 2005 and Beyond
GAO-04-636T: Published: Apr 7, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2004.
As the lead federal agency for maritime homeland security within the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard is facing extraordinary, heightened responsibilities to protect America's ports, waterways, and waterside facilities from terrorist attacks. At the same time, the Coast Guard remains responsible for many other programs important to the nation's interests, such as conducting search...
Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Defense Threat Reduction Agency Addresses Broad Range of Threats, but Performance Reporting Can Be Improved
GAO-04-330: Published: Feb 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2004.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), within the Department of Defense (DOD), plays a key role in addressing the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the visibility of DTRA's role has increased as federal agencies and military commanders have looked to the agency for additional support and advice. GAO was asked to report on DTRA's (1) mis...
Aviation Security: Challenges Exist in Stabilizing and Enhancing Passenger and Baggage Screening Operations
GAO-04-440T: Published: Feb 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2004.
Securing commercial aviation is a daunting task--with hundreds of airports and thousands of flights daily carrying millions of passengers and pieces of baggage. In an effort to strengthen the security of commercial aviation, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created and charged with making numerous enhancements to aviation security, including federalizing passenger and baggage s...
Department of Homeland Security: Challenges and Steps in Establishing Sound Financial Management
GAO-03-1134T: Published: Sep 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2003.
Based on its budget, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the largest entity in the federal government that is not subject to the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990. The department, with an estimated $39 billion in assets, an almost $40 billion fiscal year 2004 budget request, and more than 170,000 employees, does not have a presidentially appointed CFO subject to Senate confirmati...
Observations on the Department of Energy's Fiscal Year 1999 Accountability Report and Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001 Performance Plans
RCED-00-209R: Published: Jun 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) fiscal year (FY) 1999 performance report and FY 2000/2001 performance plans required by the Government Performance and Results Act.GAO noted that: (1) in its FY 1999 performance report, DOE indicates that it was mostly successful in making progress toward three outcomes; (2) DOE reports it met or exceeded all of its...
Combating Terrorism: Spending on Governmentwide Programs Requires Better Management and Coordination
NSIAD-98-39: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed interagency processes intended to ensure the efficient allocation of funding and resources for the federal government's efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on: (1) federal funding for unclassified programs and activities to combat terrorism; (2) whether any agency or entity has been designated to coordinate budget proposals, establish priorities,...
Coast Guard: Improvements Needed in Management of Programs and Activities
T-RCED-93-28: Published: Apr 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1993.
GAO discussed the management of the Coast Guard. GAO noted that: (1) the Coast Guard's spending authority increased from $2.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 1983 to $3.7 billion in FY 1993; (2) the Coast Guard has shifted its resources by increasing funding for some programs and decreasing funding for others programs; (3) Coast Guard management weaknesses include weaknesses in its acquisition process...