Tag: Department of Justice (DOJ)

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 plan replaces the previous CVE plan […]

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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, said that TIGTA began collaborating […]

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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 support and assistance in protecting […]

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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 of wastewater at an abandoned mine. […]

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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 Security lead federal investigations and prosecutions of trafficking crimes. The […]

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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 Mexico’s border with Guatemala and […]

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The Sanford School of Public Policy’s Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University recently published a report on the U.S. strategy to prevent homegrown violent extremism through community policing. The report focuses on how policing agencies can work with Muslim Americans and other communities to enhance public safety in the post-9/11 world. […]

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A December report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has shown that little progress has been made on the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy since GAO’s last review in 2013. The 2010 strategy laid out seven goals for reducing illicit drug use by 2015, however GAO reported in 2013 that the Office of National Drug Control Policy […]

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Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the formation of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Task Force. The CVE Task Force will be an interagency group focused on strengthening U.S. government efforts to prevent extremists from radicalizing and mobilizing recruits, especially within the U.S. In his announcement of the CVE Task Force, […]

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This month the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams (ACTeam).  These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses that began in 2011. The new ACTeams will be based […]

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