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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

The objective of this audit was to determine whether costs invoiced by the City are allowable, allocable, and reasonable according to the funding agreement and applicable federal requirements. 1 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted a limited, nationwide public interest waiver of the

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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Executive Summary The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to perform mission essential functions continuously rests upon the availability and integrity of its mission essential systems and critical communications assets. We conducted an audit of the efforts undertaken by the Department’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to implement and maintain continuity of operations and disaster recovery and contingency planning capabilities. The objective of our audit was to determine the progress that the Office of the Chief Information Officer has made in carrying out its continuity planning roles and developing contingency planning strategies for routine backup of critical data, programs, documentation, and personnel for recovery after an interruption.
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Department of Homeland Security

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highest areas of risk rather than merely producing improvements in a broader sense. Together, the entire Homeland Security Grant Program and its five interrelated grant programs fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and management and administration costs. Because of the interrelationship of these grant programs, all were considered when evaluating the planning cycle and the effectiveness of the overall grant program. However, only Urban Areas Security Initiative funding, and equipment and programs supported by the grant funding, were reviewed for compliance. State Homeland Security Program grants were addressed in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report “The State of Arizona’s Management of State Homeland Security Grants Awarded During Fiscal Years 2004 through 2006,” OIG-08-99, September 2008.
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

OMB has also emphasized the need for safeguards and reminded Federal agencies that, if not properly implemented, telework might introduce new security vulnerabilities into agency systems and networks. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is implementing two systems to enhance telework in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These systems are called Workplace as a Service (WPaaS) and are part of an overall effort to move to cloud-based services. In September 2011, DHS awarded within scope task order

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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and

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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

For additional information, visit our website at: www.oig.dhs.gov, or follow us on Twitter at: @dhsoig. OIG HOTLINE To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and reviewed by DHS OIG.

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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

accomplishments of SHSP- and UASI-funded projects for FYs 2008 through 2010. According to the Department of Homeland Security State and Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy Guidance on Aligning Strategies with the National Preparedness Goal, “an objective sets a tangible and measurable target level of performance over time against which an actual achievement can be compared, including a goal expressed as a quantitative standard, value, or rate.” However, the goals and objectives in NCEM’s State strategy did not include bases for measuring improvements in its preparedness and response capabilities.
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Department of Homeland Security

See appendix I for status on DHS’ Remote Access Program. Account and Identity Management Program DHS’ account and identity management program is decentralized. Specifically, each component is using account management software (e.g., Active Directory) to enforce access policies consistent with DHS procedures and guidance. To strengthen security, the Department continues its effort to implement Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) PIV for logical access enterprise wide. However, DHS has made limited progress and is projected to miss the Administration’s target goal for Federal agencies. 18 By expediting the implementation of strong authentication with PIV cards and digital signatures in place of traditional passwords, the Department can greatly increase security to its information systems while decreasing the potential of incidents and outside attacks.
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and reviewed by DHS OIG.

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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

For additional information, visit our website at: www.oig.dhs.gov, or follow us on Twitter at: @dhsoig. OIG HOTLINE To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and
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Department of Homeland Security

Office of Public Affairs at: DHS-OIG.OfficePublicAffairs@oig.dhs.gov, or follow us on Twitter at: @dhsoig. OIG HOTLINE To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and reviewed by DHS OIG.
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Consistent with our responsibility under the Inspector General Act, we will provide copies of our report to appropriate congressional committees with oversight and appropriation responsibility over the Department of Homeland Security. We will post the report on our website for public dissemination.

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Reduces Lower Priority Administra- tive Functions to Bolster Critical Mission Operations. The Budget targets limited resourc- es to the Department’s highest Federal mission priorities. Over $450 million in cuts to consulting and professional service contracts as well as re- ductions in travel, printing, supplies, and advisory services are reflected in the Budget. These re- ductions result from the Secretary of Homeland Security’s department-wide efficiency reviews and the President’s Accountable Government Initiative. These cost savings have been used to expand DHS’ mission operations including roll- ing out the latest in aviation screening technology and support staff to safeguard the traveling pub- lic, strengthening the border by deploying new security technology, and expediting the removal of criminal aliens to secure our communities.
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Executive Summary According to the Department of Homeland Security, in fiscal year 2011, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was responsible for 15 percent of the Department’s personal property and, between fiscal years 2008 and 2010, disposed of approximately $3.3 billion worth of such property. Reutilizing excess personal property maximizes the return on taxpayers’ dollars and minimizes expenditures for new procurements. Federal agencies are required to reutilize excess personal property unless doing so causes serious hardship, is impractical, or impairs operations. We conducted an audit to determine if the USCG’s policies, procedures, and processes ensure the proper identification and classification of excess personal property, as well as the proper reutilization and disposal of this property.
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

To expedite the reporting of alleged fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, or any other kinds of criminal or noncriminal misconduct relative to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs and operations, please visit our website at www.oig.dhs.gov and click on the red tab titled "Hotline" to report. You will be directed to complete and submit an automated DHS OIG Investigative Referral Submission Form. Submission through our website ensures that your complaint will be promptly received and

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

B. Travelers Face Significant Problems When Attempting to Resolve Mismatches to Watch lists There have been myriad stories about mistakes associated with the watch lists, with sometimes chilling results. An April 2006 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office on the impact of the watch lists explained that “individuals who are mistakenly put on watch lists or who are misidentified as being on these lists can potentially face consequences ranging from inconvenience and delay to loss of liberty.” 28 The report described complaints “alleg[ing] misconduct or disrespect by airline, law enforcement, TSA or CBP officials” toward people mistakenly matched. 29 According to the Privacy Office:
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Executive Summary There is widespread concern among policymakers and public health experts about the possibility of a worldwide pandemic outbreak. In preparation for dealing with a pandemic scenario in the United States, several national plans have been released by the Homeland Security Council (HSC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other organizations. Many of these national plans identify telecommuting as a key component of the national response to a pandemic influenza. Despite increasing adoption of telecommuting as a normal method of business, the technical feasibility of widespread telecommuting given the existing infrastructure is not well established. In particular, businesses may not be prepared to handle the surge in telecommuting traffic and telecommuters may face congestion when competing for network resources due to an increase in recreational users and children home from school.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Provided further, That security service fees authorized under section 44940 of title 49, United States Code, shall be credited to this appropriation as offsetting collections and shall be available only for aviation security: Provided further, That the sum appropriated under this heading from the general fund shall be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis as such offsetting collections are received during fiscal year 2012, so as to result in a final fiscal year appropriation from the general fund estimated at not more than $2,689,665,000: Provided further, That any security service fees collected in excess of the amount made available under this heading shall become available during fiscal year 2013: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 44923 of title 49, United States Code, the share of the cost of the Federal Government for a project shall not exceed 90 percent, and any funds in the Aviation Security Capital Fund established by section 44923(h) of title 49, United States Code, may be distributed in any manner deemed necessary to ensure aviation security: Provided fur- ther, That Members of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, including the leadership; the heads of Federal agencies and commissions, including the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries, and Assistant Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security; the United States Attorney General and Assistant Attorneys General and the United States Attorneys; and senior members
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Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

cybersecurity information into English for US-CERT personnel. One international CERT expressed the need for US-CERT personnel to become proficient in other languages to improve information sharing. The President’s Cyberspace Policy Review recommends that the United States work actively with all countries to develop a trusted, safe, and secure cyber infrastructure that enables prosperity for all nations. Further, the Blueprint requires that the homeland security enterprise, including the Department, implement collaboration principles that will foster the transfer of specific, actionable cybersecurity information using approved methods, while protecting and ensuring privacy protection. Robust interaction among all levels of
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