Department of Homeland Security: Assessments of Selected Complex Acquisitions
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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In fiscal year 2009, the Department of Homeland Security DHS had 67 major acquisitions intended to support a wide range of missions including securing our borders, mitigating natural disasters, and investigating security threats. Our work on major acquisitions at other federal departments and agencies has provided a framework for assessing DHSs acquisitions. We have found that a program must have a sound business case that includes firm requirements, a knowledge-based acquisition strategy, and realistic cost estimates in order to reduce program challenges. Further, we have found that acquisition oversight is more effective when regular reviews are held, an adequate workforce has been developed, and reliable cost, schedule and performance metrics are available. These conditions provide a program a reasonable chance of meeting its challenges yet delivering on time and within budget.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Unconventional Warfare