Homeland Security: Key US-VISIT Components at Varying Stages of Completion, but Integrated and Reliable Schedule Needed, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program stores and processes biometric and biographic information to, among other things, control and monitor the entry and exit of foreign visitors. Currently, an entry capability is operating at almost 300 U.S. ports of entry, but an exit capability is not. GAO has previously reported on limitations in DHS's efforts to plan and execute its efforts to deliver US-VISIT exit, and made recommendations to improve these areas. GAO was asked to determine (1) the status of DHS's efforts to deliver a comprehensive exit solution and (2) to what extent DHS is applying an integrated approach to managing its comprehensive exit solution. To accomplish this, GAO assessed US-VISIT exit project plans, schedules, and other management documentation against relevant criteria, and it observed exit pilots. GAO is augmenting its prior recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security aimed at strengthening US-VISIT exit planning and execution by recommending that the Secretary ensure that an integrated master schedule for the department's Comprehensive Exit project be developed and maintained in accordance with the key practices embodied in relevant guidance. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendation."

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