Homeland security (41 - 50 of 219 items)
Department of Homeland Security: Progress Made and Work Remaining after Nearly 10 Years in Operation
GAO-13-370T: Published: Feb 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2013.
Since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began operations in 2003, it has implemented key homeland security operations and achieved important goals and milestones in many areas to create and strengthen a foundation to reach its potential. As it continues to mature, however, more work remains for DHS to address gaps and weaknesses in its current operational and implementation efforts, and to...
Border Patrol: Key Elements of New Strategic Plan Not Yet in Place to Inform Border Security Status and Resource Needs
GAO-13-25: Published: Dec 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2013.
In fiscal year 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported data meeting its goal to secure the land border with a decrease in apprehensions; our data analysis showed that apprehensions decreased within each southwest border sector and by 68 percent in the Tucson sector from fiscal years 2006 to 2011, due in part to changes in the U.S. economy and achievement of Border Patrol strategic...
Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System
GAO-13-9: Published: Oct 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2012.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), employs a risk-based approach that uses the Automated Targeting System (ATS) and other tools to identify (target) maritime cargo shipments for further examination. ATS is a web-based enforcement and decision support system that includes a set of rules to assess the risk level for each arriving cargo shipmen...
Department of Homeland Security: Continued Progress Made Improving and Integrating Management Areas, but More Work Remains
GAO-12-1041T: Published: Sep 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2012.
Since we designated the implementation and transformation of DHS as high risk in 2003, DHS has made progress addressing management challenges and senior department officials have demonstrated commitment and top leadership support for addressing the department's management challenges. However, the department has significant work ahead to achieve positive outcomes in resolving high-risk issues. For...
Federal Protective Service: Actions Needed to Assess Risk and Better Manage Contract Guards at Federal Facilities
GAO-12-739: Published: Aug 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) is not assessing risks at federal facilities in a manner consistent with standards such as the National Infrastructure Protection Plans (NIPP) risk management framework, as FPS originally planned. Instead of conducting risk assessments, since September 2011, FPSs inspectors have collected information, such as the loc...
IT Supply Chain: Additional Efforts Needed by National Security-Related Agencies to Address Risks
GAO-12-579T: Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2012.
Reliance on a global supply chain introduces multiple risks to federal information systems and underscores the importance of threat assessments and mitigation. Supply chain threats are present at various phases of a systems development life cycle and could create an unacceptable risk to federal agencies. Key supply chain-related threats includeinstallation of intentionally harmful hardware o...
Department of Homeland Security: Preliminary Observations on DHS's Efforts to Improve Employee Morale
GAO-12-509T: Published: Mar 22, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2012.
Over time, federal surveys have consistently found that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees are less satisfied with their jobs than the government-wide average. In the 2004 Office of Personnel Managements federal employee surveya tool that measures employees perceptions of whether and to what extent conditions characterizing successful organizations are present in their agency5...
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Risk Assessments: DHS Should Establish More Specific Guidance for Their Use
GAO-12-272: Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.
Since 2004, DHSs use of its CBRN risk assessments to inform its CBRN response plans has varied, from directly influencing information in the plans to not being used at all. DHS guidance states that response planning and resource decisions should be informed by risk information. GAOs analysis showed that DHS used its CBRN risk assessments to directly inform 2 of 12 CBRN response plans G...
Coast Guard: Security Risk Model Meets DHS Criteria, but More Training Could Enhance Its Use for Managing Programs and Operations
GAO-12-14: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the nation's ports and waterways have been viewed as potential targets of attack. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has called for using risk-informed approaches to prioritize its investments, and for developing plans and allocating resources that balance security and the flow of commerce. The U.S. Coast Guard--a DHS component and the lead...
Port Security Grant Program: Risk Model, Grant Management, and Effectiveness Measures Could Be Strengthened
GAO-12-47: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.
From fiscal years 2006 through 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded nearly $1.7 billion dollars to port areas through its Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) to protect critical maritime infrastructure and the public from terrorist attacks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)--a DHS component agency--is the agency responsible for distributing grant funds. GAO was a...