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GAO recommends State improve TIP report



GAO recommends State improve TIP report
This month the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report suggesting the State Department make improvements to their annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, as GAO found several key shortcomings in State’s 2015 and 2016 reports. State conducted a similar review of the TIP report in 2006. GAO’s report… Read More

DHS challenges outlined for next administration



DHS challenges outlined for next administration
A new report lays out the challenges the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will face in the coming years. The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council report outlines the changes coming to DHS under a new administration. “Charting the Future: A Mission Driven Homeland Security Enterprise” examines DHS and highlights… Read More

Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved



Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved
In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing the effectiveness of emergency communications after the implementation of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA). The PKEMRA was enacted to improve the federal government’s preparation for and response to disasters, including emergency communications. GAO-16-681 examines … Read More

Report advises next administration on national security



Report advises next administration on national security
In June, the Atlantic Council published a report on the organization and performance of the National Security Council (NSC) system. The report provides insight and advice intended to help the next administration build an effective national security structure and clear up “strategic confusion.” The report is the result of multiple… 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

GAO reports on progress in CBRN response



GAO reports on progress in CBRN response
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report assessing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) progress incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response enterprise. DoD is expected to play a prominent role in supporting civil authorities in a CBRN incident, and the Homeland… Read More

State publishes 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report



State publishes 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
On June 30, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the release of the State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The report focuses on strategies to prevent human trafficking around the globe, analyzing governments’ prosecution, protection, and prevention efforts. The 2016 report also builds on previous reports, featuring ways… Read More

House releases report on Benghazi attack



House releases report on Benghazi attack
The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi has released their proposed report on 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans. The report includes “many new revelations” and is critical of the Obama administration’s response. The report details relevant events in 2011 and 2012 that led up to the… Read More

DHS reports on CVE subcommittee



DHS reports on CVE subcommittee
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Council released the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Subcommittee interim report. The report focuses on the spread of violent extremist ideology and the recruitment of American youth to extremist groups, and how DHS can leverage partnerships in multiple sectors to counter… Read More

Reports examine DoD civilian deployment



Reports examine DoD civilian deployment
On June 9, RAND Corporation released two reports examining the deployment of Department of Defense (DoD) civilians. The full case study is included in Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Department of Defense Civilian Deployment, and while a shorter report, Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Civilian Deployment… Read More