Site Map - Government Reports (GAO etc.)

Third Stairway Rule Causes Controversy

- New building code guidelines, critics argue, will stop the construction of high-rise office buildings beyond 420 feet.


- The issues and challenges associated with catastrophic events are examined for lessons learned.


- FEMA’s weaknesses go beyond the initial poor response to Hurricane Katrina. This report looks at post-response fraud.

Chemical Facilities

- Chemical plant security  continues to be found wanting. Problems are being examined in congressional hearings and by the GAO.

Risk Assessments

- Risk assessments and protective measures for ports of entry and other critical infrastructure must be revised, says a report by the GAO.

DHS Struggling with Risk Management

- Insurers and financiers have mastered the skill of risk management, which entails anticipating future events, deciding which of those expected risks the organization will bear, and allocating resources to mitigate the rest. @ SM Online has the report.

Rogue Nukes

- International body charged with containing the spread of nuclear bomb technology has made progress

Has Spam Been Canned?

- Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is responsible for analyzing the act’s effectiveness and making recommendations for changes, the act has given the FTC, the Department of Justice, and Internet service providers (ISPs) the ammunition to bring dozens of actions against alleged spammers; many of these legal actions are still in progress, but many others have already resulted in settlements.

DHS Spending Criticized

- The GAO found that the role of the portfolio managers was never finalized and that the S&T directorate does not require documentation of how determinations are made about where research and development projects and funds are directed. In addition, it was discovered that the portfolio managers were not required to attend ethics training specific to their jobs

Clearing the Way for Government Contractors


Lingua Franca

- CIOs should develop IT plans to support their companies’ overall business objectives.

Quick Bytes: Security’s lingua franca

- Aligning IT with business goals was the number one challenge facing the majority of CIOs in the public and private sectors, according to a Government Accountability Office report. According to the report, “This challenge requires the CIOs to develop IT plans to support their companies’ business objectives. In many cases this entails cross-organizational coordination and collaboration,” echoing the results from the ASIS study on convergence (see “The Growing Trend Toward Convergence,” page 48). @ Chief Information Officers: Responsibilities and Information Technology Governance at Leading Private Sector Companies is at SM Online.

The Heavy Burden of IT Infrastructure Upgrades

- See what the GAO has to say about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) effort to modernize its information technology infrastructure. The GAO's overriding critique: "[T]he program has not fully achieved many performance goals that it set out to accomplish over the past year."

Beyond Print

SM Online

See all the latest links and resources that supplement the current issue of Security Management magazine.