Tagged: GAO

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Mitigation Framework Leadership Group Pushes Forward on Investing in Resilience

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the “National Mitigation Investment Strategy: Mitigation Framework Leadership Group” report, which focuses on the role of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) in achieving the mitigation core capabilities of the National Mitigation Framework. The MitFLG is responsible for coordinating the implementation of...

ATF and ICE Collaboration to Reduce Mexican Firearms Trafficking

The United States (U.S.) has a strong interest in assisting its neighbors in matters of national security. By offering resources to improve/preserve the safety of citizens in bordering countries, the U.S. ideally hopes to improve their overall quality of life; thus reducing their impetus to contemplate illegal immigration into the...

FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts

On July 9, 2015, The Government Accountability Office [GAO] released a report, FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts. From 2007, the GAO reviewed FEMA’s workforce and noted the difficulties that FEMA was facing. FEMA has outlined a strategy to improve GAO’s workforce by: “[1]...

Cyber-attack at 35,000ft

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to congressional requesters titled “FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ensures the advancement, safety, and regulation of civil aviation, as well as the development of the air traffic control (ATC) system. They...

U.S. Port Security Not Watertight, Says GAO Audit

This month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security have not yet done enough to address cybersecurity concerns in the maritime port environment. The report, addressed to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation...

How Safe are our Federal Properties and Employees?

On May 21st, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the testimony of Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Team, which informed on the work of the Federal Protective Service (FPS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Goldstein’s remarks constitute one of four testimonies heard at the May 21,...

GAO Review of Ammonium Nitrate Facilities: OSHA and EPA Provide “Limited Oversight” 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this week a report on safety policies and procedures at U.S. chemical facilities, particularly those that deal with ammonium nitrate. Following the April 2013 explosion of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant in West, Texas, GAO has been examining the oversight of similar facilities to...

GAO Delivers TKO to TSA’s Reporting Procedures

A new report released by the Government Accountability Office on March 31st, “TSA Needs Additional Information before Procuring Next-Generation Systems” raises concerns with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) ability to train and screen for improvized explosive devices (IEDs). Now commonplace in major U.S. airports, advanced imaging technology (AIT) with automated...

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Needs Improvement

GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this week an updated report on FEMA’s efforts to effectively integrate IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) into the nation’s existing Emergency Alert System (EAS). Initiated in 2004, IPAWS is meant to integrate EAS participants (e.g. broadcast radio and television, cable operators, satellite radio...

Exploring GAO’s High Risk List and Opportunities for Reform

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing yesterday titled, “Exploring GAO’s High Risk List and Opportunities for Reform.” “Every two years at the start of a new Congress, GAO [Government Accountability Office] calls attention to agencies and program areas that are high risk...