As of July 2022, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified 46 priority recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Subsequently, DHS has successfully implemented 14 of these recommendations, resulting in notable improvements across various areas such as National Flood Insurance Program management, disaster recovery response, noncitizen processing at the southwest border, U.S. Coast Guard asset management, and cybersecurity and IT management. These implementations signify significant progress in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS operations.

In June 2023, GAO identified ten additional priority recommendations for DHS, bringing the total number to 42. The 42 recommendations fall into the following areas:

  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Border security
  • Transportation security
  • Infrastructure and management
  • Information technology and cybersecurity
  • Chemical security
  • Countering violent extremism
  • Domestic intelligence and information sharing

DHS’s continued attention to these issues could significantly improve government operations.

What are Priority Open Recommendations?

Priority open recommendations refer to recommendations from the GAO that require significant attention from department or agency heads. These recommendations can generate substantial cost savings, enhance decision-making processes at the congressional and executive levels, address mismanagement, fraud, and abuse, and ensure compliance with laws and appropriate use of funds. Since 2015, the GAO has been actively sending letters to selected agencies, emphasizing the importance of implementing these recommendations to reap their benefits.

Please read the full Government Accountability Office (GAO) report attached below.

Publication Date- July 2023

Other GAO Reports found in the C-UAS Hub Multimedia Library:

GAO Report- Department of Defense Directed Energy Weapons

GAO Report- Counter-Drone Technologies

GAO Report- Directed Energy Weapons

GAO Report- Department of Defense Electromagnetic Spectrum Ops

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