Testimony of David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate: Department of Homeland Security: Progress Report on Implementation of Mission and Management Functions   [open pdf - 758KB]

"I appreciate the opportunity to appear today to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to implement its major mission and management functions. At your request we issued a report last month evaluating progress DHS has made since March 2003. This report defines specific actions DHS is to achieve based on legislation, homeland security presidential directives, DHS strategic planning documents, and other sources and reports the progress the department has made in implementing programmatic and management activities based on its achievement of these actions. However, the assessments of progress are not indicative of the extent to which DHS's actions have made the nation more secure in each area. Moreover, our assessments do not imply that DHS would have or should have achieved all of the actions we identified. On the other hand, failure to effectively implement these actions could have serious consequences for our homeland security, and it is important for Congress and other stakeholders to have a sense of the department's accomplishments to date as well as areas for further focus to help inform oversight and investment decisions. Prior to the creation of DHS, we testified on whether the reorganization of government agencies might better address the nation's homeland security needs. At that time, we testified that the nation had a unique opportunity to create an effective and performance-based organization to strengthen the nation's ability to protect its borders and citizens."

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