GAO raps plan for U.S. Visit tracking system

The Homeland Security Department has done a poor job planning for its U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indication Technology System, according to the General Accounting Office.

DHS officials said they will implement some of the audit agency's recommendations for the project, formerly known as the Entry-Exit system. Homeland Security wants to use U.S. Visit to track persons crossing the border both ways and provide information on the status of foreigners' visas while they are in the United States.

Congress has mandated that the executive branch submit plans to the Senate and House appropriations committees describing the plans for U.S. Visit, and that GAO review the plans before funds are allocated for it.

To read the GAO report, Information Technology: Homeland Security Needs to Improve Entry Exit System Expenditure Planning, go to www.gcn.com and enter 125 in the GCN.com/search box.

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