Interagency relations (41 - 50 of 86 items)
Geographic Information Systems: Challenges to Effective Data Sharing
GAO-03-874T: Published: Jun 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2003.
Geographic information systems (GIS) manipulate, analyze, and graphically present an array of information associated with geographic locations, have been invaluable to all levels of government. Their usefulness in disaster response was recently demonstrated during the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery effort. GIS provided precise maps and search grids to guide crews to the debris that was strewn acr...
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues
GAO-03-715T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security, brought together 22 diverse organizations to help prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorist attacks, and minimize damage and assist in recovery from attacks that do occur. To accomplish this mission, the act established specific homeland security re...
IRS and Terrorist-Related Information Sharing
GAO-03-50R: Published: Oct 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2002.
Events preceding and following the attacks of September 11, 2001, spotlighted ineffective information sharing, particularly related to intelligence and law enforcement activities, as a serious weakness. Poor information sharing hinders effectively identifying vulnerabilities and coordinating efforts to detect attacks. GAO monitored the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) efforts to enhance the securi...
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Activities Face Continued Management Challenges
GAO-02-1122T: Published: Sep 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2002.
To protect the nation from terrorist attacks, homeland security stakeholders must more effectively work together to strengthen the process by which critical information can be shared, analyzed, integrated and disseminated to help prevent or minimize terrorist activities. The success of a homeland security strategy relies on the ability of all levels of government and the private sector to communic...
Paperwork Reduction Act: Burden Increases and Violations Persist
GAO-02-598T: Published: Apr 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2002.
This testimony discusses the implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and information collection authorizations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that either expired or were otherwise inconsistent with the act. GAO found that federal paperwork rose by 290 million burden hours during fiscal year 2001--the largest one-year increase since the act was amended and recodified i...
Information Sharing: Practices That Can Benefit Critical Infrastructure Protection
GAO-02-24: Published: Oct 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 2001.
Information sharing and coordination are key elements in any defense against cyber attacks. The organizations GAO reviewed identified factors they considered critical to their success in building successful information-sharing relationships with and among their members. All of the organizations identified trust as essential to successful relationships. They said that trust could only be built over...
Briefing Slides on Martin Frankel's Alleged $200 Million Insurance Scam
GAO-01-990R: Published: Aug 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2001.
This report provides information on a highly publicized insurance investment scam exposed in May 1999. Martin Frankel, with the assistance of others, allegedly obtained secret control of entities in both the insurance and securities industries. Instead of managing the assets of these companies in a prudent manner, he allegedly diverted them to other accounts he controlled and used them to support...
Computer-Based Patient Records: Better Planning and Oversight By VA, DOD, and IHS Would Enhance Health Data Sharing
GAO-01-459: Published: Apr 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2001.
In November 1997, the President called for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to create an interface that would allow the two agencies to share patient health information. By allowing health care providers to electronically share comprehensive patient information, computer-based patient record's (GCPR) should help VA, DOD, and the Indian Health Service (IHS...
Financial Services Regulators: Better Information Sharing Could Reduce Fraud
GAO-01-478T: Published: Mar 6, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2001.
The sharing of regulatory and criminal history data among financial services regulators can reduce fraudulent activities. GAO recently reported on several instances in which unscrupulous brokers moved from one financial industry to another. This testimony focuses on (1) systems used by financial regulators for tracking regulatory history data, (2) regulatory history data needed to help prevent ro...
The Challenge of Data Sharing: Results of a GAO-Sponsored Symposium on Benefit and Loan Programs
GAO-01-67: Published: Oct 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2000.
Data sharing among federal agencies that run federal benefit and loan programs is important for determining the eligibility of applicants and beneficiaries. A GAO symposium on data sharing highlighted various issues facing federal agencies in their efforts to prevent abuse of federal programs. Symposium speakers focused on the number of program dollars saved by interagency data exchanges. Agencies...