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DHS Annual Assessment: Most Acquisition Programs are Meeting Goals but Data Provided to Congress Lacks Context Needed for Effective Oversight

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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DHS plans to spend more than 7 billion on its portfolio of major acquisition programs - with life-cycle costs over 300 million - in fiscal year 2021 to help execute its many critical missions. The Explanatory Statement accompanying the DHS Appropriations Act, 2015, included a provision for GAO to review DHSs major acquisitions on an ongoing basis. This report, GAOs sixth review, assesses the extent to which 1 DHSs major acquisition programs are meeting baseline goals, 2 DHSs guidance for developing acquisition documentation is consistent with DHS acquisition policy, and 3 DHS is reporting relevant information to Congress on its portfolio of major acquisition programs. GAO assessed 24 acquisition programs, including DHSs largest programs that were in the process of obtaining new capabilities as of April 2018, and programs GAO or DHS identified as at risk of poor outcomes. GAO assessed cost and schedule progress against baselines assessed DHSs congressional reporting requirements and interviewed DHS officials and congressional appropriations committee staff.


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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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[A, Approved For Public Release]