The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) fiscal year 2005 appropriations act provided $39.6 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) program to modernize its information technology (IT) infrastructure. The goals of the program--which consists of seven projects and is referred to as Atlas--include improving information sharing and strengthening security. As mandated by the appropriations act, the department is to develop and submit for approval an expenditure plan for Atlas that satisfies certain legislative conditions, including a review by GAO. In performing its review of the Atlas plan, GAO was asked to (1) determine whether the plan satisfies certain legislative conditions, (2) determine the status of our prior recommendations, and (3) provide any other observations about the plan and management of the program.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement||To minimize risks to the Atlas program, the Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to report periodically to Senate and House appropriations subcommittees regarding the program's progress in implementing our recommendations.|
|United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement||To minimize risks to the Atlas program, the Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to develop and implement Atlas project plans consistent with elements of effective project planning.|