Security threats (1 - 10 of 110 items)
Aviation Security: Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Would Benefit from Risk Assessment and Strategy Updates
GAO-16-632: Published: May 31, 2016. Publicly Released: May 31, 2016.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made progress in assessing the threat, vulnerability, and consequence components of risk to airport perimeter and access control security (airport security) since GAO last reported on the topic in 2009, such as developing its Comprehensive Risk Assessment of Perimeter and Access Control Security (Risk Asse...
Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Improved Risk Analysis and Stakeholder Consultations Could Enhance Future Reviews
GAO-16-371: Published: Apr 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2016.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assessed risk for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) and considered threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences; however, DHS did not document how its various analyses were synthesized to generate results, thus limiting the reproducibility and defensibility of the results. Without sufficient documentation, the QHSR risk results cannot ea...
Biosurveillance: Challenges and Options for the National Biosurveillance Integration Center
GAO-15-793: Published: Sep 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2015.
The National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) has activities that support its integration mission, but faces challenges that limit its ability to enhance the national biosurveillance capability. In the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Commission Act) and NBIC Strategic Plan , GAO identified three roles that NBIC must fulfill to meet its biosurveillance...
Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Vetting of Airport Workers
GAO-15-704T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), requires that before airport operators issue credentials to applicants seeking unescorted access to secure areas of an airport, the applicant must be vetted in accordance with TSA requirements, which generally includes a Security Threat Assessment. GAO reported in December 2011 that this assessment...
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...
Nuclear Nonproliferation: Additional Actions Needed to Increase the Security of U.S. Industrial Radiological Sources
GAO-14-293: Published: Jun 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2014.
GAO found that challenges exist in reducing the security risks faced by licensees using high-risk industrial radiological sources. Specifically, licensees face challenges in (1) securing mobile and stationary sources and (2) protecting against an insider threat. Regarding mobile sources, their portability makes them susceptible to theft or loss, as the size of some of these sources is small enough...
Federal Protective Service: Protecting Federal Facilities Remains A Challenge
GAO-14-623T: Published: May 21, 2014. Publicly Released: May 21, 2014.
The Federal Protective Service continues to face challenges ensuring that contract guards have been properly trained and certified before being deployed to federal facilities around the country. In September 2013, for example, GAO reported that providing training for active shooter scenarios and screening access to federal facilities poses a challenge for FPS. According to officials at five guard...
Federal Facility Security: Additional Actions Needed to Help Agencies Comply with Risk Assessment Methodology Standards
GAO-14-86: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2014.
Three of the nine selected agencies' risk assessment methodologies that GAO reviewed—the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of State (State)—fully align with the Interagency Security Committee's (ISC) risk assessment standards, but six do not—the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Federal Protective Serv...
Maritime Security: DHS Could Benefit from Tracking Progress in Implementing the Small Vessel Security Strategy
GAO-14-32: Published: Oct 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2013.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components--such as the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)--have started or completed initiatives to address small vessel security risks, but DHS is not tracking the progress being made to address action items in the Small Vessel Security Strategy (SVSS) Implementation Plan. "Small vessels" are characterized as any watercraft-...
Maritime Security: Progress and Challenges in Key DHS Programs to Secure the Maritime Borders
GAO-14-196T: Published: Nov 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2013.
GAO's prior work has identified several key factors important to secure the maritime borders. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components have made progress (e.g., coordinating with partners), and in some cases also experienced challenges with their related maritime security programs.Maintaining robust maritime domain awareness. It is critical that federal agencies maintain mariti...