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GAO Reports – Defense Energy, Facilities Modernization, International Insurance Capital Standards, Mortgage Reforms, Prescription Drugs

  • Defense Energy: Observations on DOD’s Investments in Alternative Fuels, GAO-15-674: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015.
  • Facilities Modernization: DOD Guidance and Processes Reflect Leading Practices for Capital Planning, GAO-15-489: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015.
  • International Insurance Capital Standards: Collaboration among U.S. Stakeholders Has Improved but Could Be Enhanced, GAO-15-534: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015.
  • Mortgage Reforms: Actions Needed to Help Assess Effects of New Regulations, GAO-15-185: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015.
  • Prescription Drugs: More DEA Information about Registrants’ Controlled Substances Roles Could Improve Their Understanding and Help Ensure Access, GAO-15-471: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015.

GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, Federal Green Building, IRS Examination Selection, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Teacher Preparation Programs

Defense Infrastructure: Improvements in DOD Reporting and Cybersecurity Implementation Needed to Enhance Utility Resilience Planning, GAO-15-749: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. Federal Green Building: Federal Efforts and Third-Party Certification Help Agencies Implement Key Requirements, but Challenges Remain, GAO-15-667: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. IRS Examination Selection: InternalContinue Reading

UK surveillance report affirms privacy concerns

The Guardian: “Privacy campaigners have secured significant concessions in a key report into surveillance by the British security agencies published on Tuesday. The 132-page report, A Democratic Licence To Operate, which Nick Clegg commissioned last year in the wake of revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, acknowledges the importance of privacy concerns. “Privacy isContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Business Systems Modernization, Insider Threats, Patient Protection, Senate Public Records, Space Launch System

DOD Business Systems Modernization: Additional Action Needed to Achieve Intended Outcomes, GAO-15-627: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015. Insider Threats: DOD Should Improve Information Sharing and Oversight to Protect U.S. Installations, GAO-15-543: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Observations on 18 Undercover TestsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Unaccompanied Alien Children, C-130 Force Structure, DOE Project Management

Unaccompanied Alien Children: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody, GAO-15-521: Published: Jul 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2015. C-130 Force Structure: Air Force Addressed Statutory Elements in Its Report, but Decided Not to Transfer Certain Aircraft as Proposed, GAO-15-637R: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2015. DOEContinue Reading

Report – Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program

New York Times, James Risen – The Central Intelligence Agency’s health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the program, according to a sweeping new report. The 542-page report, which examines the involvement of the nation’s psychologists and their largestContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Buy Indian Act, Debt Limit, Diplomatic Security, FEMA, International Food Assistance

Afghanistan: Embassy Construction Cost and Schedule Have Increased, and Further Facilities Planning Is Needed, GAO-15-755T: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015. Buy Indian Act: Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service Need Greater Insight into Implementation at Regional Offices, GAO-15-588: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2015. Debt Limit:Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Biosurveillance, Crude Oil Export Restrictions, Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, Info Sec, Medicaid, SBA

Biosurveillance: Additional Planning, Oversight, and Coordination Needed to Enhance National Capability, GAO-15-664T: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2015: “Naturally-occurring infectious disease or the intentional use of a biological agent to inflict harm could have catastrophic consequences.” Crude Oil Export Restrictions: Studies Suggest Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, GAO-15-745T: Published: JulContinue Reading

Procedures for Congressional Action in Relation to Nuclear Agreement with Iran

CRS report – Procedures for Congressional Action in Relation to a Nuclear Agreement with Iran. Valerie Heitshusen, Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process; Richard S. Beth, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process. June 23, 2015. “An April 2015 framework for negotiations on a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran suggests that a final agreementContinue Reading

DoD Critical Technology ID and Protection

Critical Program Information (CPI) Identification and Protection Within Research,Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E), NUMBER 5200.39. May 28, 2015.

GAO Reports – Accessible Communications, Bank Regulation, Chemical and Biological Defense, Combating Terrorism, DHS IT Contracting

Accessible Communications: FCC Should Evaluate the Effectiveness of Its Public Outreach Efforts, GAO-15-574: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015. Bank Regulation: Lessons Learned and a Framework for Monitoring Emerging Risks and Regulatory Response, GAO-15-365: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015. Chemical and Biological Defense: Designated Entity Needed to Identify,Continue Reading

2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

“On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress.  The reports, now in their 39th year, are available at State.gov/humanrightsreports and HumanRights.gov/reports.  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  TheyContinue Reading