Agency missions (1 - 10 of 27 items)
Information Sharing: Agencies Could Better Coordinate to Reduce Overlap in Field-Based Activities
GAO-13-471: Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2013.
Five types of field-based information-sharing entities are supported, in part, by the federal government--Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Field Intelligence Groups, Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) centers, state and major urban area fusion centers, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Investigative Support Centers--and have distinct missions, roles, and responsibilities. Howev...
Information Sharing: Progress Made and Challenges Remaining in Sharing Terrorism-Related Information
GAO-12-144T: Published: Oct 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2011.
A breakdown in information sharing was a major factor contributing to the failure to prevent the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since then, federal, state, and local governments have taken steps to improve sharing. This statement focuses on government efforts to (1) establish the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), a government-wide approach that facilitates the sharing of terrorism-rel...
Social Media: Federal Agencies Need Policies and Procedures for Managing and Protecting Information They Access and Disseminate
GAO-11-605: Published: Jun 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2011.
Federal agencies increasingly use recently developed Internet technologies that allow individuals or groups to create, organize, comment on, and share online content. The use of these social media services-- including popular Web sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube-- has been endorsed by President Obama and provides opportunities for agencies to more readily share information with and solici...
Information Sharing: DHS Could Better Define How It Plans to Meet Its State and Local Mission and Improve Performance Accountability
GAO-11-223: Published: Dec 16, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2010.
To enhance the usefulness of intelligence products it provides to state and local partners, I&A has initiatives underway to identify these partners' information needs and obtain feedback on the products, but strengthening these efforts could support the development of future products. As of August 2010, I&A had finalized information needs--which are owned and controlled by the states--for 9 of the...
Interagency Collaboration: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight of National Security Strategies, Organizations, Workforce, and Information Sharing
GAO-09-904SP: Published: Sep 25, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2009.
While national security activities, which range from planning for an influenza pandemic to Iraq reconstruction, require collaboration among multiple agencies, the mechanisms used for such activities may not provide the means for interagency collaboration needed to meet modern national security challenges. To assist the 111th Congress and the new administration in developing their oversight and man...
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Better Data Collection and Assessment of Consumer Information Efforts Could Help Protect Minority Children
GAO-09-731: Published: Aug 5, 2009. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2009.
In 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that 29,400 deaths in the United States were related to consumer products. As required under Section 107 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, this study reviews what is known about the relative incidence of preventable injuries and deaths among minority children associated with products intended for children's...
Information Technology: Management Improvements Needed on the Department of Homeland Security's Next Generation Information Sharing System
GAO-09-40: Published: Oct 8, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2008.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for coordinating the federal government's homeland security communications with all levels of government. In support of this mission, DHS implemented, and has been enhancing, the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). It also has proposed a follow-on system, called Next Generation HSIN (HSIN Next Gen). GAO was asked to determine wheth...
Framework for Assessing the Acquisition Function At Federal Agencies
GAO-05-218G: Published: Sep 1, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 2005.
Federal agencies are relying increasingly on contractors to perform their missions. With hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent each year on goods and services, it is essential that federal acquisition be handled in an efficient, effective, and accountable manner. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), however--as well as other accountability organizations, inspectors general, and the agen...
IRM Strategic Plan: Fiscal Years 1998-2000
OIMC-98-3: Published: Mar 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1998.
GAO presented its information resources management (IRM) strategic plan, focusing on: (1) the use of modern technology solutions; and (2) information management process improvements. GAO noted that: (1) GAO's IRM vision is to use modern technology solutions and make information process improvements so that GAO employees--who have defined the requirements--can do their work more efficiently and eff...
Department of Labor: Strategic Planning and Information Management Challenges Facing the Department
T-HEHS-98-88: Published: Feb 5, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1998.
GAO discussed the: (1) Department of Labor's progress in strategic planning as envisioned by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993; and (2) challenge Labor faces in ensuring the effective information management necessary for Labor to fully realize the benefits of that planning.GAO noted that: (1) Labor's decentralized management structure makes adopting the better management practices...