Homeland security (1 - 10 of 16 items)
Inmate Reentry Programs: Enhanced Information Sharing Could Further Strengthen Coordination and Grant Management
GAO-13-93: Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Labor (Labor), and Health and Human Services (HHS) separately administered nine fragmented but minimally overlapping reentry grant programs with low risk of duplication. Specifically, GAO found that these grant programs are fragmented since more than one federal agency is involved in administering the programs. Further, GAO found that overlap...
Information Sharing: Federal Agencies Are Helping Fusion Centers Build and Sustain Capabilities and Protect Privacy, but Could Better Measure Results
GAO-10-972: Published: Sep 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2010.
Recent terrorist activity, such as the attempted Times Square bombing, underscores the need for terrorism-related information sharing. Since 2001, all 50 states and some local governments have established fusion centers, where homeland security, terrorism, and other intelligence information is shared. The federal government recognizes the importance of fusion centers; however, as GAO reported in O...
Public Transit Security Information Sharing: DHS Could Improve Information Sharing through Streamlining and Increased Outreach
GAO-10-895: Published: Sep 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2010.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is committed to sharing information with public transit agencies. The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act directed GAO to report on public transit information sharing. This report describes (1) the primary mechanisms used to share security information with public transit agencies; an...
Survey of Public Transit Agencies on Security Information Sharing (GAO-10-896SP, September 22, 2010), an E-supplement to GAO-10-895
GAO-10-896SP: Published: Sep 22, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2010.
This e-supplement is a companion to our report entitled "Public Transit Security Information Sharing: DHS Could Improve Information Sharing Through Streamlining and Increased Outreach," GAO-10-895. Section 1410 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 directed GAO to assess the role of the PT-ISAC and other related federal mechanisms for sharing security-related infor...
Defense Management: DOD Can Establish More Guidance for Biometrics Collection and Explore Broader Data Sharing
GAO-09-49: Published: Oct 15, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2008.
The events of September 11, 2001, and operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have made it critical for military units to identify individuals they encounter and share this information with other units and federal agencies. Biometrics are unique personal aspects such as fingerprints and iris images used to identify an unfamiliar person. Federal agencies with national security missions, such as the Depa...
H-1B Visa Program: Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security
GAO-06-720: Published: Jun 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2006.
The H-1B visa program assists U.S. employers in temporarily filling certain occupations with highly-skilled foreign workers. There is considerable interest regarding how Labor, along with Homeland Security and Justice, is enforcing the requirements of the program. This report describes: (1) how Labor carries out its H-1B program responsibilities; and (2) how Labor works with other agencies involve...
Information Sharing: DHS Should Take Steps to Encourage More Widespread Use of Its Program to Protect and Share Critical Infrastructure Information
GAO-06-383: Published: Apr 17, 2006. Publicly Released: May 17, 2006.
A wide array of cyber and physical assets is critical to America's national security, economic well-being, and public health and safety. Information related to threats, vulnerabilities, incidents, and security techniques is instrumental to guarding these critical infrastructures against attacks and mitigating the impact of attacks that may occur. The ability to share security-related information c...
Border Security: Strengthened Visa Process Would Benefit from Improvements in Staffing and Information Sharing
GAO-05-859: Published: Sep 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2005.
GAO reported in October 2002 that the visa process needed to be strengthened as an antiterrorism tool and recommended that the Secretary of State, in consultation with appropriate agencies, (1) develop a clear policy on the role of national security in the visa process, (2) create more comprehensive guidance on how consular officers should screen against potential terrorists, (3) fundamentally rea...
Maritime Security: New Structures Have Improved Information Sharing, but Security Clearance Processing Requires Further Attention
GAO-05-394: Published: Apr 15, 2005. Publicly Released: May 17, 2005.
Sharing information with nonfederal officials is an important tool in federal efforts to secure the nation's ports against a potential terrorist attack. The Coast Guard has lead responsibility in coordinating maritime information sharing efforts. The Coast Guard has established area maritime security committees--forums that involve federal and nonfederal officials who identify and address risks in...
9/11 Commission Report: Reorganization, Transformation, and Information Sharing
GAO-04-1033T: Published: Aug 3, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2004.
The sorrow, loss, anger, and resolve so evident immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks have been combined in an effort to help assure that our country will never again be caught unprepared. As the 9/11 Commission notes, we are safer today but we are not safe, and much work remains. Although in today's world we can never be 100 percent secure, and we can never do everything everywher...