Intergovernmental relations (11 - 20 of 40 items)
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...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Improving Information Sharing with Infrastructure Sectors
GAO-04-780: Published: Jul 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2004.
Critical infrastructure protection (CIP) activities called for in federal policy and law are intended to enhance the security of the public and private infrastructures that are essential to our nation's security, economic security, and public health and safety. Effective information-sharing partnerships between industry sectors and government can contribute to CIP efforts. Federal policy has encou...
Homeland Security: Communication Protocols and Risk Communication Principles Can Assist in Refining the Advisory System
GAO-04-682: Published: Jun 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2004.
Established in March 2002, the Homeland Security Advisory System was designed to disseminate information on the risk of terrorist acts to federal agencies, states, localities, and the public. However, these entities have raised questions about the threat information they receive from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the costs they incurred as a result of responding to heightened alert...
Emergency Preparedness: Federal Funds for First Responders
GAO-04-788T: Published: May 13, 2004. Publicly Released: May 13, 2004.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, highlighted the critical role first responders play at the state and local level when a disaster or emergency strikes. In fiscal years 2002 and 2003, Congress appropriated approximately $13.9 billion for domestic preparedness. A large portion of these funds were for the nation's first responders to enhance their ability to address future emergencies, in...
Homeland Security: Selected Recommendations from Congressionally Chartered Commissions and GAO
GAO-04-591: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2004.
Terrorist attacks, both before and after September 11, 2001, have increased congressional concerns regarding the complexity, funding, and oversight of federal programs designed to combat terrorism and ensure homeland security. Hundreds of recommendations have been made by nationally chartered commissions and GAO to further improve our nation's strategic planning and program development in homeland...
Homeland Security Advisory System: Preliminary Observations Regarding Threat Level Increases from Yellow to Orange
GAO-04-453R: Published: Feb 26, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2004.
Established in March 2002, the Homeland Security Advisory System was designed to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state, and local government agencies and the public. However, this system generated concern among federal, state, and local government agencies regarding whether they are receiving the necessary information to respond appropriately to heightened...
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues
GAO-03-1165T: Published: Sep 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2003.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 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 secur...
Homeland Security: Efforts to Improve Information Sharing Need to Be Strengthened
GAO-03-760: Published: Aug 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 2003.
The sharing of information by federal authorities to state and city governments is critical to effectively execute and unify homeland security efforts. This report examines (1) what initiatives have been undertaken to improve information sharing and (2) whether federal, state, and city officials believe that the current information-sharing process is effective.Since September 11, 2001, federal, st...
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...
Homeland Security: Effective Intergovernmental Coordination is Key to Success
GAO-02-1013T: Published: Aug 23, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2002.
The challenges posed by homeland security exceed the capacity and authority of any one level of government. Protecting the nation against these threats calls for a truly integrated approach, bringing together the resources of all levels of government. The proposed Department of Homeland Security will clearly have a central role in efforts to enhance homeland security. The proposed consolidation of...