The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Thursday the Department of Homeland Security hasn't met half of its objectives in its four years of existence.
The report delivered to Congress and seen by The Washington Post in advance said the department failed to make even moderate progress toward eight of 14 internal government benchmarks and met fewer than half of its performance objectives -- 78 of 171 directives.
The 320-page document said the department has made the least progress in improving emergency preparedness; capitalizing on the nation's wealth and scientific prowess involving research initiatives and eliminating bureaucratic and technical barriers to information sharing.
However, the report acknowledged it would take more time for a Cabinet department with more than 220,000 employees and 22 agencies to become cohesive.
"Successful transformations of large organizations, even those faced with less strenuous reorganizations than (the Department of Homeland Security), can take at least 5 to 7 years to achieve," the report said.
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