GAO: Legacy problems at HSD

The new Homeland Security Department will inherit many of the IT management problems of its component agencies, according to the General Accounting Office.

GAO has made 592 recommendations on which the 22 agencies that will become part of the new department still need to take action, according to the report, "Homeland Security: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues."

Most of the recommendations concern security, managing investments, implementing IT architectures or blueprints for systems development and creating or acquiring systems.

Security is the most common problem. GAO identified poor security as a widespread problem, and designated it a governmentwide high-risk area. The report said every agency that will join Homeland Security has exhibited weakness in program management for data security.


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