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Critical Infrastructure Protection: Summary of DHS Actions to Better Manage Its Chemical Security Program
GAO-12-1044T: Published: Sep 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2012.
The November 2011 memorandum that discussed the management of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program was prepared based primarily on the observations of the former Director of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), a division of the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) within the National Protection and Programs D...
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...
Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Take Actions to Strengthen Monitoring of Schools
GAO-12-895T: Published: Jul 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2012.
In summary, we reported that ICE does not have a process to identify and assess risks posed by schools in SEVP. Specifically, SEVP (1) does not evaluate program data on prior and suspected instances of school fraud and noncompliance, and (2) does not obtain and assess information from CTCEU and ICE field office school investigations and outreach events. Moreover, weaknesses in ICEs monitorin...
Federal Protective Service: Better Data on Facility Jurisdictions Needed to Enhance Collaboration with State and Local Law Enforcement
GAO-12-434: Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
To collaborate with state and local law enforcement, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) uses memorandums of understanding (MOU), long-standing working relationships, written guidance to FPS staff, joint operations, and other initiatives. For example, FPS has MOUs ranging from sharing radio frequency usage in Alabama, to a mutual aid agreement with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority...
Transportation Security Administration: Progress and Challenges Faced in Strengthening Three Key Security Programs
GAO-12-541T: Published: Mar 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2012.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) relies on layers of security encompassing personnel, processes, and technology to deter, detect, and disrupt persons posing a potential risk to aviation security. The Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program consists of about 3,000 behavior detection officers (BDO) who examine passengers to identify those who might pose a sec...
Department of Homeland Security: Continued Progress Made Improving and Integrating Management Areas, but More Work Remains
GAO-12-365T: Published: Mar 1, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated and strengthened its strategy for how it plans to address GAOs high-risk designation and resolve the departments management challenges. In January 2011, DHS provided GAO with its Integrated Strategy for High Risk Management, which summarized the departments preliminary plans for addressing the high-risk area. GAO found that this strategy,...
Homeland Defense: Continued Actions Needed to Improve Management of Air Sovereignty Alert Operations
GAO-12-311: Published: Jan 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2012.
The Air Force has not fully implemented the recommendations from GAOs 2009 report. With regard to GAOs recommendation that the military services should formally assign ASA duties to the units that consistently conduct them and ensure that the readiness of those units is fully assessed, the Air Force did so. However, the National Guard Bureau is considering reversing that action because it beli...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cybersecurity Guidance Is Available, but More Can Be Done to Promote Its Use
GAO-12-92: Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
A wide variety of cybersecurity guidance is available from national and international organizations for entities within the seven critical infrastructure sectors GAO reviewed--banking and finance; communications; energy; health care and public health; information technology; nuclear reactors, material, and waste; and water. Much of this guidance is tailored to business needs of entities or provide...
Coast Guard: Continued Improvements Needed to Address Potential Barriers to Equal Employment Opportunity
GAO-12-135: Published: Dec 6, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2012.
The USCG is making progress toward becoming a model equal employment opportunity (EEO) program, as defined by EEOC. In fiscal year 2008, the USCG established a cross-functional task force, including many divisions of Coast Guard and co-led by the Civil Rights Director and the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, to identify EEO problems, review data, as well as develop and implement plans to...
Port Security Grant Program: Risk Model, Grant Management, and Effectiveness Measures Could Be Strengthened
GAO-12-47: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2011.
From fiscal years 2006 through 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded nearly $1.7 billion dollars to port areas through its Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) to protect critical maritime infrastructure and the public from terrorist attacks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)--a DHS component agency--is the agency responsible for distributing grant funds. GAO was a...