Federal officials are failing to notify local authorities adequately about changes in the nation’s terror alert level, says a preliminary congressional report obtained by The Associated Press. The color-coded warning system began in March 2002. It has been raised five times to the second-highest level, orange, from from yellow.
The General Accounting Office report said eight federal, state, and local government agencies, from among two dozen surveyed learned about threat level changes through the media. “This raises questions about whether the Department of Homeland Security is always conveying information regarding threat level changes to government entities expeditiously,” the report said.