Reports

Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Inspector General - A Review of the Top Officials 3 Exercise

This report assesses efforts undertaken by the Office of State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness to develop, plan, coordinate, and conduct the TOPOFF 3 homeland security readiness & response exercise.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Enhancements Made in Passenger and Checked Baggage Screening, but Challenges Remain

In prior reports, GAO has made numerous recommendations designed to strengthen aviation security, to include passenger and checked baggage screening operations. TSA generally agreed with our recommendations and is taking actions to implement them.

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GAO - Transportation Security Administration has Made Progress in Managing a Federal Security Workforce and Ensuring Security at U.S. Airports, but Challenges Remain

TSA has taken steps to strengthen key areas of aviation security for which it has regulatory and oversight responsibility, including domestic air cargo security, but faces challenges related to oversight and performance measurement.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Cargo Container Inspections. Preliminary Observations on the Status of Efforts to Improve the Automated Targeting System

CBP has not yet put key controls in place to provide reasonable assurance that ATS(Automated Targeting System) is effective at targeting oceangoing cargo containers with the highest risk of containing smuggled weapons of mass destruction.

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GAO - Passenger Rail Security, Evaluating Foreign Security Practices and Risk Can Help Guide Security Efforts

"The July 2005 bombing attacks on London's subway system dramatically revealed the vulnerability of passenger rail systems worldwide to terrorist attacks and demonstrated the need for an increased focus on security for these systems."

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Department of Health and Human Services Pandemic Planning Update, A Report from Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

"We are in a race. We are in a race against a fast moving virulent virus with the potential to cause an influenza pandemic." Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

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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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