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Combating Terrorism: Intergovernmental Partnership in a National Strategy to Enhance State and Local Preparedness
GAO-02-547T: Published: Mar 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 2002.
Federal, state, and local governments share responsibility for terrorist attacks. However, local government, including police and fire departments, emergency medical personnel, and public health agencies, is typically the first responder to an incident. The federal government historically has provided leadership, training, and funding assistance. In the aftermath of September 11, for instance, one...
Coast Guard: Budget and Management Challenges for 2003 and Beyond
GAO-02-538T: Published: Mar 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2002.
Like many federal agencies, the Coast Guard's priorities were dramatically altered by the events of September 11. The Coast Guard has requested $7.3 billion for fiscal year 2003--a 36 percent increase from the previous year. The events of September 11 caused a substantial shift of effort toward homeland security and away from other missions. As resources were shifted to meet these needs, the law e...
Combating Terrorism: Key Aspects of a National Strategy to Enhance State and Local Preparedness
GAO-02-473T: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2002.
Federal, state, and local governments share responsibility in preparing for catastrophic terrorist attacks. Because the national security threat is diffuse and the challenge is intergovernmental, national policymakers need a firm understanding of the interests, capacity, and challenges when formulating antiterrorism strategies. Key aspects of this strategy should include a definition and clarifica...
Combating Terrorism: Analysis of Federal Counterterrorist Exercises
NSIAD-99-157BR: Published: Jun 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on its analysis of federal counterterrorist exercises.GAO noted that: (1) federal agencies conducted 201 counterterrorism exercises in the 3 years following Presidential Decision Directive 39; (2) the number of exercises per year more than tripled over the 3-year period, with the largest increase in the last year; (3) agencies used a va...
Combating Terrorism: Use of National Guard Response Teams Is Unclear
T-NSIAD-99-184: Published: Jun 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the use of National Guard Response Teams in combating terrorism, focusing on: (1) the role of the National Guard Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (RAID) teams in response plans as understood by local, state, and federal officials; (2) other response assets that can perform similar functions to the RAID teams; and (3) the RAID teams' responsi...
Combating Terrorism: Issues to Be Resolved to Improve Counterterrorism Operations
NSIAD-99-135: Published: May 13, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on interagency counterterrorist operations, focusing on: (1) how agencies worked together in counterterrorist operations and special events; (2) strengths and weaknesses of international and domestic counterterrorist exercises; and (3) agency and interagency processes to capture and share lessons learned.GAO noted that: (1) in the last...
Combating Terrorism: FBI's Use of Federal Funds for Counterterrorism-Related Activities (FYs 1995-1998)
GGD-99-7: Published: Nov 20, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) use of federal funds for conducting counterterrorism-related activities, focusing on the: (1) amount of funds that the FBI allocated and obligated for fiscal years (FY) 1995 through 1998 (as of July 31, 1998); and (2) methodology the FBI used to identify its overall counterterrorism funding, including fun...
Combating Terrorism: Opportunities to Improve Domestic Preparedness Program Focus and Efficiency
NSIAD-99-3: Published: Nov 12, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the status and other aspects of the Domestic Preparedness Program, focusing on: (1) the training and other benefits offered to cities under the program; and (2) the methodology for designing and implementing the program, including the way in which cities were selected to participate, how cities' capabilities and needs were assessed, and the effec...
Combating Terrorism: Federal Agencies' Efforts to Implement National Policy and Strategy
NSIAD-97-254: Published: Sep 26, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on federal agencies' programs and activities to: (1) prevent and deter terrorism; (2) respond to terrorist threats and incidents; and (3) manage the consequences of a terrorist act, especially involving weapons of mass destruction.GAO noted that: (1) under sponsorship of the National Security Council (NSC)...