The Terror Watch List Database Troubles Continue

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< The Terror Watch List Database Troubles Continue > Prepared by Question 1: Saumya Medushani Pepera Question 2+3: Nguyen Ngoc Tien Question 4: Novina Magai Question 5: Yang Xiaolin Table of Contents Executive Summary 3 Introduction 4 Q1. Why was the consolidated terror watch list created? What are the benefits of the list? 5 Q2. Describe weaknesses of the watch list. What management, organisations and technology factors are responsible for these weaknesses? What communication barriers exist between the organisations involved in the construction of the watch list? 7 Q3. How effective is the system of watch list described in this case study? 10 Q4. What steps could be taken to…show more content…
The main reasons of these weaknesses are mostly due to management, organisation and technology factors. “Management is the process of getting things done, effectively and efficiently, with and through people” (Robbins et. al, 2011, p7), and people who take responsibility of managing are managers. Therefore, if they make any wrong decisions, the work process will be impact heavily. This factor can be seen clearly in the case of TSC watch list. First of all, the process of reinforcing information from different agencies gets behindhand in efficiency because of their slackness. To join up the list, there are 12 different databases required to integrate. However, only 10 of the 12 databases were processed after two years. The remaining two databases got stuck because of different structure of agencies, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Automatic Biometric Identification System and the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System are both fingerprint databases. Secondly, government departmental policies for nomination and removal from the list are not synchronous. Different agencies are unable to unify all the information and policies since they have different managerial system for different issues or subjects. Thirdly, although TSC managers were trying their best to identify and correct incomplete or inaccurate watch list records, the problem
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