Reports

GAO- Agencies Face Challenges in Implementing New Federal Employee Identification Standard

The President directed the establishment of a governmentwide standard-Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201-for secure and reliable forms of ID based on "smart cards" that use integrated circuit chips to store and process data...

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DHS is Taking Steps to Enhance Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority is Needed

As part of a national framework for protecting the chemical sector, DHS is developing a Chemical Sector-Specific Plan.

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GAO (Government Accountability Office) - Border Security, Key Unresolved Issues Justify Reevaluation of Border Surveillance Technology Program

By congressional mandate, GAO reviewed the program to determine: (1) the operational needs that ASI was intended to address & DHS's plans for ASI; (2) the steps that DHS had taken to ensure that ASI was aligned with the department's enterprise architectur

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GAO - Emergency Preparedness and Response: Some Issues and Challenges Associated with Major Emergency Incidents

This testimony discusses the challenges of effective emergency preparedness for, response to, and recovery from major emergencies, including catastrophic incidents.

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White House Report - The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned

"...the true transformation envisioned in this report will require a sustained commitment over time by the federal governmant as well as by state and local governments that have essential duties in responding to disasters..." Frances Townsend

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GAO - Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Hospitals and Nursing Homes Due to Hurricanes

State and local governments can order evacuations of the population or segments of the population during emergencies, but health care facilities may be exempt from these orders.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Significant Management Challenges May Adversely Affect Implementation of the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight Program

TSA has made some progress in developing and testing the Secure Flight program. However, it has not followed a disciplined life-cycle approach to manage systems development, or fully defined system requirements.

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GAO - FEMA's Control Weaknesses Exposed the Government to Significant Fraud and Abuse

"We identified significant flaws in the process for registering disaster victims that leave the federal government vulnerable to fraud and abuse of EA payments."

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GAO - Statement by Comptroller General David M. Walker on GAO's Preliminary Observations Regarding Preparedness and Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

First, prior to a catastrophic event, the leadership roles, responsibilities, and lines of authority for the response at all levels must be clearly defined and effectively communicated...

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Restoring American Military Power, A Progressive Quadrennial Defense Review

"This strategy will lead to a stronger, faster, and more flexible military that is better able to deal with both asymmetric and traditional threats." Center for American Progress

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