The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is well on its way to upgrading the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) which shares threat information with state and local authorities, but the department could benefit from increased management of the purchase of the next generation system, according to a report from the GAO published Wednesday.
DHS could benefit from increasing staffing in the HSIN program office, outlining staff responsibilities, and identifying requirements and risks adequately.
A memo from the DHS undersecretary of management last year revealed DHS operates more than 100 Web-based systems, many of which simply duplicate each other’s capabilities. In consolidating these systems, DHS also plans to replace legacy portal technologies that inhibit information sharing. As such, HSIN NextGen will serve a number of communities within DHS, including emergency management, intelligence, immigration, and law enforcement.
The Office of Operations Coordination and Planning responded to the GAO report, detailing actions it has taken to meet the report’s recommendations.