Terrorism and Drug Trafficking: Responsibilities for Developing Explosives and Narcotics Detection Technologies, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 470KB]

The GAO examined how the U.S. government is organized to develop technologies for detecting explosives and narcotics. This report discusses (1) the roles, responsibilities, and authority of agencies that establish policy, provide funds or oversee funding requests, and develop explosives and narcotics detection technologies; (2) mechanisms used to coordinate the joint development of technologies; and (3) efforts to strengthen detection technology development. The FAA, Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Customs Service, and DoD all play a part in the development of these detection technologies, however, the GAO found that these organization have yet to agree on standards for explosives detection systems, profiling and targeting systems, and deploying canine teams at airports. In addition, they have not agreed on how to resolve issues related to a joint-use strategy and liability. Moreover, key decisionmakers are not receiving periodic reports on efforts by the various government entities to develop and field explosives and narcotics detection technologies.

Report Number:
GAO-97-95; NSIAD-97-95
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