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Thursday, 6th December 2007

Homeland Security for Sale – DHS: Five Years of Mismanagement

Homeland Security for Sale – DHS: Five Years of Mismanagement (PDF; 6.9 MB)
Source: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
From press release:

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report entitled Homeland Security for Sale – DHS: Five Years of Mismanagement, an accompanying website, www.homelandsecurityforsale.org and a video created and produced by Brave New Foundation. The report and video document the past five years of the agency’s most serious problems and troubling practices.

Every day, the American people read new stories about DHS and its gross overruns on projects, the worst employee morale in the federal government, the inoperability of information technology, our exposure to cyber-terrorism or FEMA’s fake press conference. CREW is releasing its report to hold those who run the agency accountable for its massive failures and to spark a public debate about how DHS can and must be improved in the next administration.

In its report, CREW details billions of dollars in waste and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, for example:

  • $24 billion has been spent, and at least $178 million wasted, on the failed Coast Guard Deepwater program;
  • over $600 million has been allocated for unworkable radiation border scanners;
  • $1.3 billion has been lost on the US-VISIT program, which was never fully implemented and
  • projected $2 billion loss on the SBInet “virtual fence” border program.


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