Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

New GAO Report Outlines US-VISIT Challenges

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report analyzing challenges that continue to face the US-VISIT program. The GAO noted that US-VISIT has improved the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) ability to process visitors and verify identities upon entry, but found that management controls in place to identify and evaluate computer and other operational problems at land ports of entry were insufficient and inconsistently administered. In addition, the GAO noted, a biometric exit capability is not yet available. The GAO said that DHS continues to face longstanding US-VISIT management challenges and future uncertainties.

The GAO recommended that critical acquisition management processes be established and followed to ensure that program capabilities and expected mission outcomes are delivered on time and within budget. Such processes include, the GAO said, effective project planning, requirements management, contract tracking and oversight, test management, and financial management. Until these issues are addressed, the risk of US-VISIT continuing to fall short of expectations is increased, the GAO concluded. The report, “Homeland Security: US-VISIT Faces Operational, Technological, and Management Challenges” (GAO-07-632T) in PDF, is available here.

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