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Information Sharing: DHS Has Demonstrated Leadership and Progress, but Additional Actions Could Help Sustain and Strengthen Efforts
GAO-12-809: Published: Sep 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made progress in achieving its information-sharing mission, but could take additional steps to improve its efforts. Specifically, DHS has demonstrated leadership commitment by establishing a governance board to serve as the decision-making body for DHS information-sharing issues. The board has enhanced collaboration among DHS components and identified...
Data Mining: DHS Needs to Improve Executive Oversight of Systems Supporting Counterterrorism
GAO-11-742: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.
Data mining--a technique for extracting useful information from large volumes of data--is one type of analysis that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to help detect and prevent terrorist threats. While data-mining systems offer a number of promising benefits, their use also raises privacy concerns. GAO was asked to (1) assess DHS policies for evaluating the effectiveness and privacy p...
Electronic Government: National Archives and Records Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan
GAO-11-299: Published: Mar 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2011.
Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to develop an Electronic Records Archive (ERA) to preserve and provide access to massive volumes of all types of electronic records. NARA originally planned to complete the system in 2012, but has repeatedly revised the program schedule and estimated cost and is now planning to deploy an ERA system with reduced fu...
Information Technology: Management Improvements Needed on the Department of Homeland Security's Next Generation Information Sharing System
GAO-09-40: Published: Oct 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2008.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for coordinating the federal government's homeland security communications with all levels of government. In support of this mission, DHS implemented, and has been enhancing, the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). It also has proposed a follow-on system, called Next Generation HSIN (HSIN Next Gen). GAO was asked to determine wheth...
Internet Management: Prevalence of False Contact Information for Registered Domain Names
GAO-06-165: Published: Nov 4, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2005.
Individuals or organizations seeking to register the names of their Web sites may provide inaccurate contact information to registrars in order to hide their identities or to prevent members of the public from contacting them. Contact information is made publicly available on the Internet through a service known as Whois. Data accuracy in the Whois service can help law enforcement officials to inv...
Intellectual Property: Key Processes for Managing Patent Automation Strategy Need Stengthening
GAO-05-336: Published: Jun 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2005.
The volume and complexity of patent applications to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have increased significantly in recent years, lengthening the time needed to process patents. Annual applications have grown from about 185,000 to over 350,000 in the last 10 years and are projected to exceed 450,000 by 2009. Coupled with this growth is a backlog of about 750,000 applications. USPTO ha...
Records Management: National Archives and Records Administration's Acquisition of Major System Faces Risks
GAO-03-880: Published: Aug 22, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2003.
Increasingly, government records involve documents that are electronically created and stored. In support of its mission to manage and archive these records and ensure access to the "essential evidence" that they contain, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is acquiring an advanced Electronic Records Archives (ERA). GAO was asked to determine, among other things, how the ERA pr...
Defense Acquisitions: Collection and Reporting of Information Technology Purchases
GAO-02-331: Published: Jan 18, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2002.
Recent legislation requires that, beginning in October 2001, the Defense Department (DOD) collect procurement data on purchases of information technology (IT) products and services worth more than $100,000. DOD is required to issue its first annual report to Congress by March 2001. GAO found that DOD is making good progress in meeting the requirements of the legislation. DOD has modified data coll...
Chief Information Officers: Implementing Effective CIO Organizations
T-AIMD-00-128: Published: Mar 24, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the role of chief information officers (CIO) in the federal government.GAO noted that: (1) as the federal government moves to fully embrace the digital age and focuses on electronic government initiatives, leadership in the management of the government's information resources is of paramount importance; (2) yet a CIO, alone, cannot ensure the succ...
USDA Information Management: Proposal to Strengthen Authority of the Chief Information Officer
T-AIMD-98-96: Published: Mar 3, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the problems and challenges the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has faced in managing the more than $1 billion it spends annually on information technology (IT) investments, as well as recent IT reform legislation that established the Chief Information Officer (CIO) position in federal agencies.GAO noted that: (1) in fiscal year 1998 alone, USDA...