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Justice announces new cybersecurity task force



Justice announces new cybersecurity task force
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the Cyber-Digital Task Force on February 20. The new task force is a reflection of the Department of Justice’s commitment to confronting cyber threats, and will examine the department’s current cyber efforts as well as identify how federal law enforcement can more… Read More

Report recommends cohesive CVE strategy for DHS, DOJ



Report recommends cohesive CVE strategy for DHS, DOJ
In early April, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing U.S. efforts for countering violent extremism (CVE). The report focuses on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The U.S. government… Read More

Executive Order calls for better coordination on travel ban



Executive Order calls for better coordination on travel ban
Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order revising a ban on individuals traveling from six majority Muslim countries. The original order signed in January was heavily criticized for causing confusion and uncertainty among federal personnel as to which travelers were subject to the ban. The new order aims to prevent… Read More

DHS, White House release CVE guidance



DHS, White House release CVE guidance
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House recently released guidance on countering violent extremism (CVE). DHS released its plan on October 31, while the White House released their guidance earlier in October. The two documents focus on CVE efforts inside the United States. The White House CVE… Read More

Interagency investigation into phone scams



Interagency investigation into phone scams
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) have joined forces to investigate phone scammers posing as IRS officials. The interagency investigation resulted in indictment of 61 individuals in late October. Timothy Camus, TIGTA deputy inspector general for investigations,… Read More

DHS to address election cybersecurity risks



DHS to address election cybersecurity risks
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has promised to address cybersecurity risks within each state’s election systems. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson remarked during a conference call earlier this month that while DHS is not aware of any credible threats to the general election systems, multiple entities are available to offer… Read More

Agencies investigate EPA disaster



Agencies investigate EPA disaster
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inspector general and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have launched a probe looking into the toxic water spill at Gold King mine last year. The agencies are investigating whether any federal officials engaged in criminal activity in the buildup to and aftermath of a leak… Read More

GAO reports on human trafficking



GAO reports on human trafficking
In June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing federal agencies’ efforts to combat human trafficking. The report, GAO-16-555, focuses on the prevalence of human trafficking, victim issues, and avoiding grant duplication. Many U.S. federal agencies lead efforts to address human trafficking. The Departments of Justice and Homeland… Read More

Improvement needed in monitoring counter-firearm trafficking efforts



Improvement needed in monitoring counter-firearm trafficking efforts
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report earlier this month detailing U.S. agencies’ efforts in countering firearms trafficking in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. The report was published within days of GAO’s recent follow-up report on firearms trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico. The report examines illicit trafficking across… Read More