Emergency preparedness (31 - 38 of 38 items)
Homeland Security: Applying Risk Management Principles to Guide Federal Investments
GAO-07-386T: Published: Feb 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2007.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the federal government has provided DHS with more than $130 billion in budget authority to make investments in homeland security. However, as GAO has reported, this federal financial assistance has not been guided by a clear risk-based strategic plan that fully applies risk...
Homeland Security: Assessment of the National Capital Region Strategic Plan
GAO-06-1096T: Published: Sep 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2006.
Among other things, the Office of National Capital Region Coordination is to coordinate efforts within the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure execution of domestic preparedness activities. In our May 2004 report and June 2004 testimony before the House Government Reform Committee, GAO recommended that the NCR develop a strategic plan to establish and monitor the achievement of regional goals...
DOD Excess Property: Risk Assessment Needed on Public Sales of Equipment That Could Be Used to Make Biological Agents
GAO-04-81TNI: Published: Oct 7, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2003.
Due to continuing concerns about bioterrorism and the potential for future anthrax attacks, GAO was asked to audit controls over public sales of excess DOD biological equipment and chemical and biological protective clothing that could be used to produce and disseminate biological warfare agents. GAO used a case study approach to determine (1) the extent to which DOD is selling biological equipmen...
Combating Terrorism: Selected Challenges and Related Recommendations
GAO-01-822: Published: Sep 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2001.
As concerns about terrorism have grown, Executive Branch responsibilities and authorities have received greater attention, which led to the 1998 appointment of a national coordinator in the National Security Council. Both Congress and the President have recognized the need to review and clarify the structure for overall leadership and coordination. The President recently requested that the Vice Pr...
Combating Terrorism: Linking Threats to Strategies and Resources
T-NSIAD-00-218: Published: Jul 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the threat of terrorist attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) materials, focusing on: (1) the threat and risk assessments to help develop a national strategy and help prioritize and focus program investments to combat terrorism; and (2) observations on how other countries allocate resources and determine funding p...
Combating Terrorism: Observations on the Threat of Chemical and Biological Terrorism
T-NSIAD-00-50: Published: Oct 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its observations on the threat of chemical and biological terrorism, focusing on the: (1) ease or difficulty for a terrorist to create mass casualties (defined as at least 1,000 deaths or illnesses) by making and using chemical or biological agents without the assistance of a state-sponsored program; and (2) need to use intelligence estimates and...
Combating Terrorism: Need for Comprehensive Threat and Risk Assessments of Chemical and Biological Attacks
NSIAD-99-163: Published: Sep 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the scientific and practical aspects of a terrorist carrying out large-scale chemical or biological attacks on U.S. soil, focusing on the: (1) technical ease or difficulty for terrorists to acquire, process, improvise, and disseminate certain chemical and biological agents; and (2) extent to which the U.S. government has assessed the threats and...
Combating Terrorism: Threat and Risk Assessments Can Help Prioritize and Target Program Investments
NSIAD-98-74: Published: Apr 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implementation of the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici (NLD) domestic preparedness program, focusing on: (1) threat and risk assessment approaches used by several public- and private-sector organizations to deal with terrorist and other security risks; (2) whether 11 of the first 27 cities selected for NLD training and assistance used threat and risk assess...