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Federal Real Property: DHS and GSA Need to Strengthen the Management of DHS Headquarters Consolidation
GAO-14-864T: Published: Sep 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2014.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and General Services Administration (GSA) planning for the DHS headquarters consolidation does not fully conform with leading capital decision-making practices intended to help agencies effectively plan and procure assets. DHS and GSA officials reported that they have taken some initial actions that may facilitate consolidation planning in a manner consist...
DHS Training: Improved Documentation, Resource Tracking, and Performance Measurement Could Strengthen Efforts
GAO-14-688: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has processes to evaluate training, track resources, and assess leader development. However, various actions could better position the department to maximize the impact of its training efforts.Training evaluation: All five DHS components in GAO's review—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, t...
Department of Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Research and Development
GAO-14-865T: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2014.
In September 2012, GAO reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not know the total amount its components had invested in research and development (R&D) and did not have policies and guidance for defining R&D and overseeing R&D resources across the department. According to DHS, its Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), and Coast Guard...
Combating Nuclear Smuggling: Past Work and Preliminary Observations on Research and Development at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
GAO-14-783T: Published: Jul 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2014.
GAO has reported on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's (DNDO) since 2006. GAO has identified challenges and made recommendations in the following areas:DNDO's efforts to develop the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA): In 2008, GAO recommended that DHS develop a strategic plan to guide the development of the GNDA, a framework for 74 independen...
High-Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses
GAO-14-785T: Published: Jul 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2014.
No federal entity is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of high-containment laboratories. Since the 1990s, the number of high-containment laboratories has risen; however, the expansion of high-containment laboratories was not based on a government-wide coordinated strategy. Instead, the expansion was based on the perceptions of individual agencies about the capacity required for thei...
Combating Terrorism: U.S. Efforts in Northwest Africa Would Be Strengthened by Enhanced Program Management
GAO-14-518: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014.
Nearly half of the funds allocated for the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) since fiscal year 2009 have been disbursed, but TSCTP program managers are unable to readily provide data on the status of these funds. As of late 2013, U.S. agencies reported disbursing nearly $140 million of the approximately $288 million allocated for TSCTP between fiscal years 2009 and 2013. Mali, Maur...
Maritime Security: Ongoing U.S. Counterpiracy Efforts Would Benefit From Agency Assessments
GAO-14-422: Published: Jun 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2014.
Piracy incidents off the Horn of Africa's east coast near Somalia have declined sharply since 2010, but U.S. agencies have not assessed their counterpiracy efforts as GAO recommended in 2010. Since 2010, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports piracy incidents declined from 219 to 15 in 2013. Similarly, from 2010 to 2013 hostages taken by pirates declined from 1,016 to 34. Also, a World Ba...
Maritime Security: Progress and Challenges with Selected Port Security Programs
GAO-14-636T: Published: Jun 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2014.
GAO's prior work has shown that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies—particularly the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—have made substantial progress in three key areas of port security since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (9/11), but some challenges remain.Maritime domain awareness and information sharing. DHS agencies along with o...
Department of Homeland Security: Progress Made; Significant Work Remains in Addressing High-Risk Areas
GAO-14-532T: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: May 7, 2014.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made progress in addressing high-risk areas for which it has sole responsibility, but significant work remains.Strengthening management functions. In this area, DHS has met two and partially met three of GAO's five criteria for removing areas from the high-risk list. Specifically, DHS has met the criteria for having (1) demonstrated leadership commitm...
Homeland Security Acquisitions: DHS Could Better Manage Its Portfolio to Address Funding Gaps and Improve Communications with Congress
GAO-14-332: Published: Apr 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2014.
GAO found that the funding plans for all 35 of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acquisition programs it reviewed changed to some degree from fiscal years 2012 to 2014, though the instability affected some programs more than others. Program officials reported that funding instability negatively affected 17 of the 35 programs, contributing to schedule slips, cost growth, and capability redu...