Auditors rap DHS' Atlas tech 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 Management Improvements Needed on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Infrastructure Modernization Program, GAO auditors found that ICE had developed Atlas plans that complied with the DHS enterprise architecture, various Office of Management and Budget requirements, and other federal rules.

But GAO called for additional economic justification of the 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 its response, DHS said it agreed with the auditors' conclusions and described how it planned to adopt them.

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