Richard Spires, DHS chief information officer, confirmed GAO’s decision.
“We need to upgrade some of our financial systems. There is no doubt about it,” Spires said Thursday after speaking at an event on IT reform at the Center for American Progress in Washington. “We are disappointed. We will have to go back and regroup. I was in a meeting this morning and we were talking about our alternatives. We are assessing that right now. I can’t give you a timeline of when we will give an assessment of what we will do next. There is a lot of us involved in trying to now assess based on what GAO told us what are the appropriate next steps for us as a department.”