The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that some major Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs lack appropriate oversight. For example, the Secure Freight Initiative, designed to test the feasibility of scanning 100% of US-bound cargo containers with nonintrusive equipment and radiation detection equipment at foreign seaports, has an estimated life-cycle cost of $1.7 billion. The program faces a number of challenges, including measuring performance outcomes, logistical feasibility of some aspects of the investments, and technological issues. GAO-09-29 (11/20/08).
(Source: Holland & Knight)