This bill would reorganize certain offices in the headquarters of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS would be directed to tidy up the accountability, transparency, and efficiency of its major acquisition programs.
Michele Mackin, the Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management for the Government Accountability Office (GOA) explains acquisition programs this way:
“DHS and its underlying components are acquiring systems to help secure the border, increase marine safety, screen travelers, enhance cyber security, improve disaster response and execute a wide variety of other operations."
If DHS fails to meet the timelines and other performance metrics for their major programs, it will have to report to Congress with explanations for the delays or cost overruns. For acquisition programs that cost more than $300 million, additional testing would be required before they are put into regular use.
This bill also requires DHS to prepare a comprehensive report every year on the status of its acquisition programs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the DHS Inspector General would review and report acquisition policy issues.