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HOMELAND SECURITY: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues

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This General Accounting Office GAO report to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Governmental Affairs identifies information technology IT funding targeted for purposes related to homeland security for fiscal years 2002 and 2003. The report discusses IT funding for those departments and agencies that will play a key role in homeland security, and also reports on IT management issues facing these departments and agencies. In brief, GAO identified 2.9 billion in IT funding for homeland security for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 1.2 billion is for organizations agencies, departments, or components of these proposed to move to the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2002 and 1.7 billion is for organizations proposed to move to the new department in fiscal year 2003. Total reported IT funding for homeland security is likely understated because there may be other potential costs that are not reflected in reported totals, including multi-agency IT infrastructure e.g., secure networks, new intelligence systems, and funding for existing agency missions that appear to be related to homeland security. The majority of the funding requested for fiscal year 2003 was reported by the Department of Justices Immigration and Naturalization Service INS, the Department of Transportations Transportation Security Agency, and the Department of the Treasurys United States Customs Service. Beginning with the fiscal year 2004 budget submission, agencies are to indicate in Exhibit 53s whether IT projects are related to homeland security. Of those recommendations that still require action, the majority of open recommendations are associated with securing information, having a blueprint to guide system development efforts, managing IT investments, and developing and acquiring information systems. Appendixes I-III pp. 4-33 of this report contain printed copies of slides from a briefing by GAO to the subcommittee on October 1, 2002.

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  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Civil Defense

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