S&T is Not Effectively Coordinating Research and Development Efforts Across DHS   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "S&T [Science and Technology Directorate] did not fully comply with requirements of the 'Homeland Security Act of 2002', as amended, by not effectively coordinating and integrating department-wide R&D [research and development] activities. In August 2015, S&T established IPTs [Integrated Product Team] as the central mechanism to identify, track, and coordinate department-wide priority R&D efforts. However, S&T did not follow its IPT process as intended. Specifically: [1] not all components submitted all information on capability gaps to the IPTs because some components believed they were not required to do so, and S&T believed it did not have the authority to enforce the requirement; [2] S&T did not effectively gather, track, and manage data on the Department's R&D gaps and activities because the tools it had to capture the data were redundant, and S&T had not developed policies and procedures for integrating the data from them into a single, comprehensive database; and, [3] S&T did not adequately monitor the IPT process to ensure it was effective because, according to S&T, it had limited staffing and the IPT process is restructuring. Consequently, S&T may not be able to provide the Secretary of Homeland Security and Congress with an accurate profile of the Department's R&D activities or funding needs for a wide range of missions, including securing the border, detecting nuclear devices, and screening airline passengers."

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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-19-59
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