Major Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security: November 2008 [open pdf - 675KB]
"The creation of the Department of Homeland Security galvanized the Nation's fight against terrorism by consolidating and mobilizing the assets of the federal government under one roof with a single, focused mission: to ensure that the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, are never repeated again on American soil. After just 5 short years, we are beginning to witness the positive effects of the department's efforts and initiatives: tighter security at the borders; increased immigration enforcement; greater cooperation with our international partners; expanded partnerships with the private sector; better and more efficient passenger screening at our airports; and regenerated disaster response and recovery management. Despite these considerable accomplishments, DHS still has much to do to establish a cohesive, efficient, and effective organization. The major management challenges we have identified significantly affect the department's ability to protect our homeland and are decisive factors in setting priorities for audits, inspections, and evaluations of DHS programs and operations. As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-531), we update our assessment of management challenges annually."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-09-08
United States Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: http://www.dhs.gov/oig/