Homeland security (1 - 10 of 58 items)
Immigrant Investor Program: Proposed Project Investments in Targeted Employment Areas
GAO-17-487T: Published: Mar 8, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2017.
Congress created the Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) immigrant visa category to promote job creation and encourage capital investment in the United States by foreign investors. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5 Program) requirements include investing $1 million in a new business that will result in the creation of at least 10 full-time positions for qualifying employees, or a reduced...
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...
Federal Workforce: Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times
GAO-15-529T: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015.
GAO's ongoing work indicates that the recent government-wide decline in engagement, as measured by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Employee Engagement Index (EEI) masks the fact that the majority of federal agencies either sustained or increased employee engagement levels during the same period. Government-wide, engagement has declined 4 percentage points from an estimated 67 percent in...
Labor Relations Activities: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking and Reporting of the Use and Cost of Official Time
GAO-15-9: Published: Oct 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014.
The ten agencies GAO reviewed reported using 2.5 million official time hours in fiscal year 2013 compared to about 2 million hours in fiscal year 2006. Although the total number of hours charged increased by 25 percent, 7 of the 10 selected agencies reported lower official time rates in fiscal year 2013 as compared to fiscal year 2006. Three agencies reported increased official time rates over the...
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...
Federal Workforce: Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation
GAO-14-215: Published: Jan 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2014.
From 2004 to 2012, the federal non-postal civilian workforce grew by 258,882 employees, from 1.88 million to 2.13 million (14 percent). Permanent career employees accounted for most of the growth, increasing by 256,718 employees, from 1.7 million in 2004 to 1.96 million in 2012 (15 percent). Three agencies--the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Veterans Affairs (VA)--accou...
Department of Homeland Security: DHS's Efforts to Improve Employee Morale and Fill Senior Leadership Vacancies
GAO-14-228T: Published: Dec 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2013.
In September 2012, GAO reported that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees identified having lower average morale than the average for the rest of the federal government, but morale varied across components. Specifically, GAO found that, according to the Office of Personnel Management's 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), DHS employees had 4.5 percentage points lower job satis...
DHS Recruiting and Hiring: DHS Is Generally Filling Mission-Critical Positions, but Could Better Track Costs of Coordinated Recruiting Efforts
GAO-13-742: Published: Sep 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2013.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and selected components are implementing strategies to fill mission-critical occupations (MCO), which are those occupations most critical to an agency's mission. In 2011, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)--which coordinates component recruiting efforts--developed the Coordinated Recruiting and Outreach Strategy (CROS). Through the CROS, D&I inten...
Border Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Has Taken Steps to Address GAO's Recommendations Aimed at Ensuring Officers Are Fully Trained
GAO-13-768R: Published: Aug 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2013.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has taken actions to address the recommendations from GAO's December 2011 report on CBP officer training programs aimed at strengthening officer training; three of the four recommendations are closed, and CBP has actions underway to address the remaining open recommendation, as follows:Recommendation 1: Conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the "Bac...
Border Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Provides Integrity-Related Training to Its Officers and Agents throughout Their Careers
GAO-13-769R: Published: Aug 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2013.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) integrity-related training courses are systematic and integrated--that is, they are offered in succession and required at each stage of an employee's career, as well as standardized and regularized--that is, the same content is provided by the same method on a predetermined, regular schedule. For example, courses are required throughout a CBP officer's an...