Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security [December 2013] [open pdf - 2MB]
"The attached report presents our fiscal year (FY) 2013 assessment of the major management and performance challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As required by the 'Reports Consolidation Act of 2000' (Public Law 106-531), we update our assessment of management challenges annually. As stipulated, the report summarizes what the Office of Inspector General (OIG) considers to be the most serious management and performance challenges facing the agency and briefly assesses the agency's progress in addressing those challenges. We have identified major challenges that affect the Department as a whole, as well as every Component. Some of the most persistent challenges arise from the effort to combine and coordinate diverse legacy agencies into a single, cohesive organization capable of fulfilling a broad, vital, and complex mission. DHS must continually seek to integrate management operations under an authoritative governing structure capable of effectively overseeing and guiding acquisitions, financial systems and reporting, information technology (IT) assets, and cybersecurity. In addition to these challenges, DHS' mission to protect the Nation from domestic and international threats and respond to natural and manmade disasters is challenged by the unpredictable nature of these hazards. Thus, DHS must overcome the challenges inherent to coalescing into 'One DHS,' as well as those created by factors over which it has little control, but must nevertheless confront to protect our transportation systems and borders and prepare for and recover from threats and disasters."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-14-17
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/