Department of Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Research and Development

Conducting research and development (R&D) on technologies for detecting, preventing, and mitigating terrorist threats is vital to enhancing the security of the nation. Since its creation, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has spent billions of dollars researching and developing technologies used to support its missions. Within DHS, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducts and is responsible for coordinating R&D across the department. Other components also conduct R&D to support their respective missions. This statement discusses (1) how much DHS invests in R&D and the extent to which DHS has policies and guidance for defining and overseeing its R&D efforts across the department, (2) the extent to which R&D is coordinated across DHS, and (3) the results of DHS border and maritime security R&D efforts and the extent to which DHS has obtained and evaluated feedback on these efforts. This statement is based on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO’s) previously issued work from September 2012 to July 2014, and selected updates conducted in September 2014 on the status of GAO’s prior recommendations. To conduct the updates, GAO reviewed agency documentation. In its prior reports, GAO recommended, among other things, that DHS develop policies and guidance for defining, overseeing, coordinating, and tracking R&D activities across the department, and that S&T establish time frames and milestones for collecting and evaluating feedback from its customers. DHS concurred with GAO’s recommendations and has actions underway to address them.


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  • Accession Number: 01538282
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-14-865T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2014 3:10PM