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DHS Integrated Strategy for High-Risk Management

In September 2020, DHS published its most recent Integrated Strategy for High-Risk Management (Integrated Strategy). The Integrated Strategy provides an overview of progress made to address the Strengthening Department of Homeland Security Management Functions area on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High-Risk List. The Integrated Strategy includes goals and corrective action plans that directly address 30 GAO outcomes (i.e., desired end-states of maturation for DHS management functions).

The Department has been recognized by GAO as a model for managing High-Risk List issues. GAO has rated 77 percent (23 of 30) of outcomes as Fully Addressed or Mostly Addressed, up from 70% in 2018 and 47% in 2015. Among these outcomes, 17 are Fully Addressed, increasing from 13 in 2017 and nearly doubling the 2015 total, demonstrating the Department’s significant progress in strengthening management functions.

In the 2019 High-Risk Series, GAO remarked favorably on the exemplary level of DHS leadership commitment and engagement on resolving High-Risk List issues. The report also indicated that Strengthening Department of Homeland Security Management Functions is the only area on the High-Risk List to have met the majority of GAO’s criteria for removal. Moving forward, DHS will continue to build on this progress by continuing to implement the Integrated Strategy and working with GAO to remove the Department’s management functions from the High-Risk List.

Created Date: September 23, 2016
Last Published Date: November 9, 2020
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