NEWS & ANALYSIS

2009 Homeland Security Appropriations Breakdown

A rundown of highlights from the $40 billion homeland security appropriations recently signed into law by President Bush.

U.S. Lacks Comprehensive Cybersecurity Warning Capability, Report Says

The Government Accountability Office says that US-CERT lacks a comprehensive capability to create "warnings that are consistently actionable and timely."

Leaked GAO Report Criticizes ASP Radiation Detection Machines

The GAO reports that DHS' next-generation radiation machines may cost $3.8 billion over a decade to implement, 81 percent higher than what was originally quoted.

Government Report Finds Fault with Chemical Safety Board

The CSB is investigating far fewer accidents than is required by law, constituting an "investigative gap," according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

TSA on Track with Canine Explosive Detection Teams

If TSA continues to meet its goals, the GAO says 720 canine explosive detection teams should be patrolling airports and mass transit systems in 2009.

States are Preparing for Medical Surge, Says GAO

States are bolstering their medical surge capacity to handle mass casualty events, but many face difficulties drawing up altered medical care plans that may decide who lives and who dies.

Report: DoD's Oversight of Contractor Security is Weak

Congress's watchdog finds that the Defense Security Service has failed to catalogue agency contractors, doesn't track classified data violations, and is slow to inform contracting agencies when violations occur.

DHS Fails to Prioritize Its Own IT Assets for Protection

DHS's inspector general calls for establishment of a new office to set priorities for protection of the agency's critical IT assets.

Government Purchase Cards Abused, Says GAO

Congress's watchdog agency reports widespread improper and fraudulent use of government purchase cards.

State Department's Antiterrorism Assistance Lacks Guidance and Accurate Reporting

The Government Accountability Office worries a lack of guidance and assessment when funding foreign counterterrorism programs, on top of incomplete and inaccurate reports, may hamper foreign country counterterrorism capabilities.
 




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