Site Map - Government Reports (GAO etc.)

DHS Fails to Prioritize Its Own IT Assets for Protection

- DHS's inspector general calls for establishment of a new office to set priorities for protection of the agency's critical IT assets.

Government Purchase Cards Abused, Says GAO

- Congress's watchdog agency reports widespread improper and fraudulent use of government purchase cards.

State Department's Antiterrorism Assistance Lacks Guidance and Accurate Reporting

- The Government Accountability Office worries a lack of guidance and assessment when funding foreign counterterrorism programs, on top of incomplete and inaccurate reports, may hamper foreign country counterterrorism capabilities.

Budget and Staffing Cuts Hurt Federal Protective Service

- A string of embarrassing security lapses and failures has shaken faith in the FPS's ability to police and protect federal property.

Report: Pentagon Mismanaged IED Funding

- The government's top watchdog agency says the Pentagon isn't keeping proper track of the more than $1 billion spent each year to fight IEDs overseas.

Enforcing Window Standards

- Standards for blast-resistant window testing prove confusing.

Runway Safety

- Government agencies responsible for aviation security, reports the GAO, must address leadership and technology problems to prevent accidents on airport runways.

GAO Criticizes IRS' Information Security Weaknesses

- For the second time, the GAO says the IRS must implement an agencywide information security program to shore up information security weaknesses.

IT Technology Primer

- A buyers guide for managers who need to understand security technologies is now available from the General Accounting Office (GAO). The guide focuses on five technology areas: access controls, system integrity, cryptography, audit and monitoring, and configuration management and assurance.

Border Disorder

- America's vulnerabilities at the border keep growing, but experts say securing the U.S.-Canada border is both financially prohibitive and practically impossible.

IT Technology Primer

- A buyers guide for managers who need to understand security technologies is now available from the General Accounting Office (GAO).

Muslim Engagement

- Read the British government’s strategy for confronting Muslim radicalization and promoting moderate Islam in the fight against violent extremism.

Cargo security

- Some of the vulnerable areas cited in the aforementioned report, including border and cargo security, have been the subject of recent scrutiny by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). GAO auditors, for instance, recently checked on the status of the US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) program, finding that it is "inherently risky, both because of the type of program it is and because of the way it is being managed." Specifically, US-VISIT is inherently risky because it is responsible for a critical, multifaceted mission; has a large and complex scope; must meet a demanding implementation schedule; and entails enormous cost. Risks relating to management include initial reliance on integrating existing systems that have problems. In testimony on cargo inspection, the GAO's Richard M. Stana noted that the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) fails to incorporate key elements of a risk management framework in its approach to risks posed by oceangoing cargo containers. CBP, Stana told the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, hasn't determined the level of risk for cargo or the responses necessary to mitigate that risk. Moreover, CBP hasn't subjected its method of selecting and inspecting cargo containers to external peer review or testing, he said.

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