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December 21, 2006

IG assesses DHS management challenges

Filed under: DHS News,Organizational Issues — by Christian Beckner on December 21, 2006

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security released a very informative report yesterday that surveys the major management challenges currently facing DHS. The report contains a number of interesting sections and pieces of information, including:

  • An assessment of the key management and technology challenges that FEMA is still facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina;
  • A discussion of the challenges of financial management within DHS, and the steps that Department needs to take to address these challenges;
  • An announcement, not mentioned previously by DHS, of plans to overhaul and integrate the Infrastructure Protection office’s multiple vulnerability assessment programs (e.g. National Asset Database, RAMCAP) into a single new Infrastructure Information Collection Program.

Overall, a useful and informative report about the challenges still facing DHS. I think it shows that DHS has been making progress on some key challenges, but that there is still has room for improvement in many critical areas.

For media coverage of the report, see this Federal Times story and this GovExec piece.

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