McCaul Statement on GAO High Risk List

Feb 14, 2013 Issues: Oversight of DHS Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the GAO High Risk List.

Chairman McCaul: “The GAO high risk report underscores what our Committee investigations have found – that DHS’s capabilities are not keeping pace with the threats against us. The report found that DHS still has inadequate systems to share terror threat information because it lacks the infrastructure crucial to analyzing and sending this information to other agencies and private sector partners. Even more concerning is that this critical component of our national security has been listed as high risk since 2005.

“GAO also identified DHS management as high risk for good reason. For example, the Department continues to squander billions of dollars by failing to manage its acquisitions, such as the more than $200 million spent on advanced nuclear and radiological detection equipment for a program that was ultimately cancelled.

“Until DHS can execute simple, core functions such as acquisition, procurement, financial systems and data consolidation, all of which determine the success or failure of individual security projects, the mission of protecting the homeland will be compromised. The Committee will continue its oversight of these deficiencies in a hearing tomorrow.”

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