Congressional report cites 33 promises DHS failed to keep

Published 5 January 2006

Minority staff of House Homeland Security Committee lists 33 specific promises and pledges DHS made since 2003 and failed to meet

A report prepared by the minority staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security says DHS has failed to meet a wide range of promises it has made since its inception in 2003. The report lists thirty-three promises which have not been fulfilled. These range from preparedness for a variety of possible terrorist attacks at the country’s ports and airports, to a failure to make progress in formulating a plan for protecting critical national infrastructure. Moreover, the United States has no means for assessing or identifying cyber-attacks, leaving the country open to the risk of failures of critical computer systems. The report urges the administration to appoint an assistant secretary for cyber & telecommunications, as promised in the summer of 2005.

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MORE: DHSCIO lacks the authority and influence necessary to integrate DHS information technology systems, according to a recent inspector general audit. In an excerpt from the fiscal 2005 DHS Performance and Accountability report released last week, Inspector General Richard Skinner said that despite federal law, the department’s CIO is not a member of the senior management team and lacks the authority to strategically manage department-wide technology programs and assets. Read more in the DHS IG report