Cargo Scanning Delayed

GAO: System Costing $3.8B

Friday, September 26, 2008

It's taking more time and more money to roll out a new radiation detection system for cargo that enters ports here in New York and elsewhere. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on a report from Congress's Government Accountability Office.

REPORTER: The GAO says developers won't meet a November deadline for creating automated cargo scanning. The system is supposed to be deployed to air, land and sea ports of entry to detect a dirty bomb. The GAO also says the cost of the scanning system has almost doubled from $2 billion to $3.8 billion. Despite the extra money and time, GAO experts say the new technology won't improve upon existing equipment at the ports. A homeland security spokesperson says the agency will wait for the next round of testing to respond to the GAO's assessment. Sen. Joe Lieberman who chairs the homeland security committee says the Department of Homeland Security mishandled what he calls a critical program. For WNYC, I'm Bob Hennelly.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by