Underperforming DHS IT Contracts

Here's a look at some of the $3 billion in IT contracts that are not performing as they should, whether because they're behind schedule, over cost, lack a qualified project manager, or are beset by a host of other problems


Project/
Program's Goal
Expected Cost
(FY 08)
Prime Contractor(s) Performance Shortfalls: Not Sound Business Plan** Other problems
Unclear Parameters* Cost and schedule overruns by more than 10%* DHS Project Manager Not Qualified*
Secure Border Initiative $1 billion Boeing

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Getting technology to work together
Gather information on attempted illegal border crossings using surveillance and sensory systems along border expanses
US-VISIT $462 million Accenture    

X

  Unable to monitor land exits
Collect, maintain, and share data on selected foreign nationals entering and exiting the U.S. at ports of entry
Alien Flight Student Program $2 million ManTech International; White Oak; American Association of Airport Executives

X

      N/A
Conduct security threat assessments (STAs) on foreigners seeking flight training
Crew Vetting $15 million ManTech International; White Oak; American Association of Airport Executives

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X

X

  Missed key milestones
Verify that flight crews and cargo flight operators are authorized to operate flights to, from, or within the U.S., or overfly the U.S.
Hazmat Threat Assessment Program $28 million Varies by state

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X

X

  N/A
Use existing intelligence to perform STAs on commercial truck drivers who transport hazardous materials
Secure Flight $53 million IBM (current); Lockheed Martin (until 2005)  

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    Missed key milestones; privacy concerns
Keep suspected terrorists off airplanes by comparing passenger information with federal No-Fly data
Transportation Worker Identification Credentialing $38 million Lockheed Martin (current); BearingPoint (until Fall 05), Maximus (until Fall 04)  

X

    Biometric card readers have trouble operating amid inclement conditions
Establish a credential system for people who need unescorted access to secure areas of the transportation system
Nationwide Automatic Identification System $22 million Shine Micro (first stage)  

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    N/A
Establish an identification system that would collect and analyze information on certain Coast Guard vessels
Homeland Security Information Network $21 million The National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination (NC4) (since October)

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X

    Problems coordinating with key state and local systems
Provide secure data connectivity among federal, state, U.S. territory, local, and tribal governments and private sectors
Rescue 21 $300,000 General Dynamics  

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Extensive implementation delays
Develop an advanced command, control, and communications system for the Coast Guard
Infrastructure $1.1 billion Various

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N/A
Move toward a system that ensures reliable information sharing within DHS and with first responders to facilitate a quick response in an emergency

Sources: Government Accountability Office, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Homeland Security

* As of June 2007, according to a GAO report

** As of Sept. 30, 2007, according to the Office of Management and Budget Management Watch List Investments