Site Map - Government Reports (GAO etc.)

GAO Suggests 'No-Fly' List for Potential Child Abductors

- International parental child abductions are on the rise, according to U.S. State Department data. A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report considers how some abductions might be stopped at the airport with a new 'No-Fly' list.

Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures at Veterans Affairs Hospitals Criticized

- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on problems uncovered at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding the way sexual assaults are reported in its medical facilities.

CBO Outlines Options for Expanding Military Drone Programs

- The Department of Defense (DoD) wants more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, because they've proven their worth in strikes against al Qaeda targets in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. How to afford them is the question that the Congressional Budget Office addresses in a new report.

Downward Trend Continues in Bank Robberies

- Bank robberies and related crimes were down in the first quarter of 2011, continuing a downward trend found in the comparable quarter of 2010 and 2009 as well, according to the latest FBI report on bank crimes statistics.

Morning Security Brief: Designating Safe Havens, Drug Testing Florida Workers, and Searching for Illegal Immigrants

- The U.S. government is failing to designate countries as safe havens for terrorists. The ACLU is filing a lawsuit against the state of Florida over its drug testing program. And, New York is withdrawing support for a federal fingerprinting program.

Morning Security Brief: Whistleblower Report, Immigration Enforcement, Background Checks, and More

- A Labor Department Inspector General report finds that OSHA's whistleblower protection program falls far short of its goals, failing its own standard in 80% of cases. DHS reports recordbreaking immigration enforcement. HHS announces grants to states to develop programs for background checks for job candidates at elder-care facilities to curb patient abuse. And the GAO gives the Obama Administration a decent grade on cybersecurity progress report, but raises concerns about reaching ultimate goals.

DHS Inspector General Finds Airport Screening Vulnerabilities

- Investigators found TSA screening checkpoint vulnerabilities at eight out of eight airports they visited, the watchdog's report states.

Diplomatic Security

- Despite increased funding and personnel over the last 10 years, the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security suffers from staffing shortages, language deficiencies, and experience gaps. Read more about the situation in this GAO report.

Air Cargo

- The Transportation Security Administration needs to beef up air cargo security during ground handling, says the DHS Office of Inspector General. It offers six recommendations. Read the full report online.

Vessel Security

- Some leaks have been found in U.S. plans for small vessel security, according to a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s Office.

DHS Releases Progress Report on 9-11 Commission Recommendations

- The Department of Homeland Security released a progress report today outlining how it has successfully met many of the 9-11 Commission's recommendations for protecting the country from terrorism and other hazards.

Information Sharing Environment Releases Annual Report

- The Information Sharing Environment has released its third annual report to Congress.

Terrorist Watch List

- The Justice Department’s inspector general’s office took a look at the FBI’s terrorist watch list procedures. Read the critique.

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