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Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security

Executive Summary

We have identified major challenges that affect both the Department as a whole, as well as individual components. DHS must continually seek to integrate management operations under an authoritative governing structure capable of effectively overseeing and managing programs that cross component lines. DHS’ mission to protect the Nation from domestic and international threats and respond to natural and manmade disasters is further challenged by the unpredictable nature of these hazards. DHS must overcome the challenges inherent with uniting the Department under the Secretary’s Unity of Effort Initiative, as well as those over which it has little control. This year, we are reporting the Department’s major challenges in the following areas: (1) DHS Operations Integration, (2) Acquisition Management, (3) Financial Management, (4) IT Management and Privacy Issues, (5) Transportation Security, (6) Border Security and Immigration Enforcement. (7) Grants Management, (8) Employee Accountability and Integrity, (9) Infrastructure Protection, Cybersecurity, and Insider Threat

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