>DHS’ Strategy and Plans to Counter Small Vessel Threats Need Improvement

>On Oct. 2, the DHS Office of Inspector General released its report on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Vessel Security Stategy.

The report states that overall DHS has made progress, but more remains to be done to provide effective guidance and operate effective programs to address small vessel threats. The Strategy addresses two desirable characteristics of an effective national strategy as it defines the problem, and uses risk assessments to analyze the threats. However, the Strategy only partially addresses the remaining four characteristics. It partially addresses elements such as strategic priorities and milestones, and roles and responsibilities of state and local sectors, but it does not address performance measures, associated costs or human capital, or accountability and oversight frameworks.