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GAO Reports on DHS High-Risk Requirements Progress

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The Government Accountability Office has published a report to highlight the Department of Homeland Security’s progress in addressing risks since establishment in 2002.

DHS continues to modernize and coordinate its different functions to meet leadership commitment, action plan and monitoring requirements under GAO’s high-risk list, the accountability agency said Wednesday. These functions include acquisition, information technology, financial and human capital management.

This development leaves DHS with two unfulfilled high-risk requirements: capacity and demonstrated progress.

The department, despite being identified a high-risk agency, has delivered an action plan in 2011 to monitor, address and correct high-risk factors. DHS has updated this plan 14 times since, with the latest revision released in 2018.

GAO recommends the department to maintain current leadership performance, identify requirements for continued progress, continue action plan implementation, track corrective efforts and continue to address unsolved issues.