As a final example of partnering, DOE has provided Interpol with handheld detection devices.38

COORDINATION AMONG U.S. GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

The General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) has for several years underscored the need for DOE, along with other government departments and agencies, to take additional steps to develop government-wide plans for international program activities in addressing the security of IRSs.39 At the same time, DHS is acquiring a greater capability to develop its own counterterrorism strategy and programs, and the department is looking beyond the U.S. border in this regard, as it should. Also, in 2005-2006 a number of federal and state agencies collaborated to address IRS problems. Clearly, such interagency coordination is a critical aspect of preventing the detonation of an RDD in the United States. Such coordination will also contribute significantly to the effectiveness of U.S. efforts abroad.

Coordination between U.S. enforcement agencies and international counterparts is important (e.g., Interpol, Europol, World Customs Organization). Also, sharing of information widely among interested U.S. departments and agencies prior to and following international coordination meetings is essential.

38

Ibid.

39

See for example: U.S. General Accounting Office. 2002. Nuclear Nonproliferation: U.S. Efforts to Help Other Countries Combat Nuclear Smuggling Need Strengthened Coordination and Planning. GAO-02-426. Washington, D.C.: GAO.

U.S. General Accounting Office. 2003. Nuclear Nonproliferation: U.S. and International Assistance Efforts to Control Sealed Radioactive Sources Need Strengthening. GAO-03-638. Washington, D.C.: GAO.



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