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Thursday, February 08, 2007

DHS transformation remains at risk: GAO

For the fourth consecutive year, the Homeland Security Department remains at high risk of not achieving its goals due to serious challenges in managing the agency, according to testimony yesterday by David M. Walker, the General Accountability Office comptroller general.

The department, which was created in 2003, faces numerous hurdles in achieving a transformation from 22 separate agencies to a single cohesive unit. Despite improvements it continues to struggle with financial and IT systems as well as human capital and acquisition efforts, Walker told the House Homeland Security Committee.

The GAO has labeled DHS’ transformation into a single unit at high risk of organizational challenges since January 2003. The designation was upheld in 2005 and again this year.

-Alice Lipowicz, WashingtonTechnology.com

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