US security IT lacks strategy
The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has no adequate blueprint to guide how it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on IT, according to US government auditors.
The blueprint, which the auditors say is "essential" in drawing up plans for information sharing to help the department counter terrorist threats, only provides a "partial basis" for running the IT systems as it is now out of date.
According to the General Accounting Office report, issued on 17 August 2004, the blueprint, or "enterprise architecture" is based on IT systems from agencies which no longer exist but were merged to create the DHS.
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