Auditors rap DHS' Atlas infrastructure program

Auditors rap DHS' Atlas infrastructure program

The Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm should overhaul the management of its Atlas program to build a technology infrastructure for the agency, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

In a report titled Management Improvements Needed on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Infrastructure Modernization program, GAO auditors stated that ICE had developed various Atlas plans that passed muster by

  • complying with the DHS enterprise architecture

  • meeting Office of Management and the Budget capital planning and investment control requirements

  • complying with acquisition rules and systems purchasing practices and

  • being reviewed by ICE's Investment Review Board.

But GAO took agency IT planners to task anyway, by calling for an additional economic justification of the Atlas project, more program management controls and additional staff for program support positions. The report also recommended establishment of a full-scale program management office.

In a response to the GAO report, DHS said it agreed with the auditors' conclusions and described how it planned to adopt them.

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