Critical Infrastructure: Assessment of the Department of Homeland Security's Report on the Results of Its Critical Infrastructure Partnership Streamlining Efforts

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) was directed by the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations to provide a report on the results of a review to streamline the processes for coordinating and sharing information with its critical infrastructure (CI) protection partners. GAO was unable to assess the extent to which NPPD's streamlining efforts were designed to ensure progress in four areas--mission clarity, useful and actionable work products, efficacy of planning and information sharing, and cost savings--because DHS's response does not discuss ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. November 18, 2013.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) was directed by the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations to provide a report on the results of a review to streamline the processes for coordinating and sharing information with its critical infrastructure (CI) protection partners. GAO was unable to assess the extent to which NPPD's streamlining efforts were designed to ensure progress in four areas--mission clarity, useful and actionable work products, efficacy of planning and information sharing, and cost savings--because DHS's response does not discuss NPPD efforts to streamline those processes. Specifically, GAO's analysis of DHS's response showed that DHS provided information on NPPD efforts to coordinate and share information with its public and private partners (e.g., CI owners and operators) and the results of some of those efforts but did not provide information about any NPPD efforts to streamline the processes for coordination and information sharing. For example, DHS's response includes a section on coordinating and executing plans--one of the five topic areas that NPPD was required to include in its report--that describes who NPPD's partners are and ways that NPPD coordinates and executes plans with these various stakeholders. In addition, the response describes steps NPPD plans to take that are intended to improve the coordination and execution of plans. However, the response did not describe steps NPPD has taken or plans to take, if any, to streamline efforts associated with the coordination and execution of plans or how, if at all, coordination and information sharing might be affected. NPPD officials stated that they agreed with the above and that they are currently working to provide the committees with information on their streamlining efforts."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Critical Infrastructure: Assessment of the Department of Homeland Security's Report on the Results of Its Critical Infrastructure Partnership Streamlining Efforts, text, November 18, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302197/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.