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.