Nextgov.com is reporting that auditors from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) have found that the Department of Homeland Security has not “developed an effective way to ensure that critical national infrastructure, such as electrical grids and telecommunications networks, can bounce back from a disaster.”
Although the DHS does have a program to cope with a disaster, management of this program needs to be increased, the report states. The DHS is advised to "develop performance measures to assess the extent to which asset owners and operators are taking actions to resolve resiliency gaps identified during the various vulnerability assessments."
Nextgov.com is also reporting the DHS is “trying a new management model to encourage its component agencies to work more harmoniously on information technology projects.” Richard Spires, DHS CIO called the model enterprise governance, and seeks to collaborate on IT systems with other government agencies with similar responsibilities, such as the TSA and ICE.
Homeland Security Department Seeks Disaster Preparedness, IT Collaboration
October 27, 2010