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10 Years Post-9/11, GAO Says DHS Needs to Do More

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Gene Dodaro

Homeland security has significantly improved in the ten years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, but a government audit released Wednesday says the Homeland Security Department still has gaps.

Comptroller General Gene Dodaro released the Government Accountability Office’s findings at a Senate hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

The AP reports DHS has completed half of the nearly 1,500 recommendations made by federal auditors since it was organized in 2003.

Dodaro told the committee there are still gaps, including the lack of a biometric exit system and enhanced explosive detection technology for checked baggage at airports. The U.S. still does not have a system to know who is leaving the country either.

“The bottom line of our report is a lot of progress has been made since 9/11,” Dodaro said, according to the AP. “But there is work remaining to address gaps and weaknesses that will enable DHS to reach its full potential.”

Jane Lute, DHS deputy secretary, told the committee DHS has made improvements in, among other areas, securing cyber infrastructure, airport passenger screening and securing the border with Mexico.

Click here to watch the full hearing.

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