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February 28, 2006

Summary of new PART reviews for DHS

Filed under: Organizational Issues — by Christian Beckner on February 28, 2006

The Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) benchmarks the results of key federal government programs, and the results of a number of key homeland security programs were released with the FY 2007 budget request and are available at this link (with additional details on the criterias for assessment). They are summarized within this Excel spreadsheet.

The programs with the top grade of “effective”:

Coast Guard: Domestic Icebreaking Program
Customs and Border Protection: Security Inspections and Trade Facilitation
Preparedness — Grants and Training Office National Exercise Program
Science and Technology: Biological Countermeasures
Secret Service: Domestic Protectees
Secret Service: Foreign Protectees and Foreign Missions
Secret Service: Protective Intelligence

The next level down of “moderately effective”:

Coast Guard Fisheries Enforcement
Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection
Coast Guard Migrant Interdiction Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency – Mitigation Programs
Federal Protective Service
Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Detention and Removal
Immigration Services
Preparedness — Infrastructure Protection National Communications Service
Science and Technology: Rapid Prototyping of Countermeasures
Science and Technology: Emerging Homeland Security Threat Detection
Science and Technology: Homeland Security University Fellowships

Programs at the third level of “adequate”:

Coast Guard: Marine Safety
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Disaster Recovery
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Disaster Response
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Homeland Security Operations Center
Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Office of Investigations
Preparedness — Grants and Training Office Technical Assistance Program
Preparedness — Grants and Training Office Training Program
Science and Technology: Standards Development for Homeland Security Technology
Transportation Security Administration: Screener Training

And at the bottom level of “results not demonstrated”:

Border Patrol
Coast Guard: Aids to Navigation
Coast Guard: Drug Interdiction
Coast Guard: Polar Icebreaking Program
Coast Guard: Search and Rescue
Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Automation Modernization Program
Preparedness — Grants and Training Office Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
Preparedness — Grants and Training Office State Homeland Security Grants
Preparedness — Infrastructure Protection Cyber Security
Science and Technology: Threat and Vulnerability, Testing and Assessment
Transportation Security Administration: Air Cargo Security Programs
Transportation Security Administration: Aviation Regulation and Enforcement
Transportation Security Administration: Baggage Screening Technology
Transportation Security Administration: Federal Air Marshal Service
Transportation Security Administration: Flight Crew Training
Transportation Security Administration: Passenger Screening Technology
Transportation Security Administration: Screener Workforce

The most notable trends from the rankings are the Secret Service’s strong performance and the TSA’s very weak performance. It should be kept in mind that low rankings are in some cases a natural function of the newness of certain program and activities, and that many other federal agencies fare equally poorly. But those are not excuses, and the Department needs to keep working on improving performance in these critical areas.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 28, 2006 @ 4:16 am

I hope these don’t reflect the priorities of DHS and are not a reflection of management concerns. But of course they are. Scary!

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