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U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

CRS – U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues. Amy F. Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy. March 18, 2015. “Even though the United States plans to reduce the number of warheads deployed on its long-range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the New START Treaty, it also plans to develop newContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Security, Border Security, Indian Affairs, Medicaid Demonstrations, North Korea Sanctions

Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Oversight of Key Programs, but Additional Actions Are Needed, GAO-15-559T: Published: May 13, 2015. Publicly Released: May 13, 2015. Border Security: Progress and Challenges in DHS’s Efforts to Implement and Assess Infrastructure and Technology, GAO-15-595T: Published: May 13, 2015. Publicly Released: May 13, 2015. Indian Affairs: FurtherContinue Reading

White House documents found to be altered

Via FGI – Free Government Information, by James R. Jacobs – “Researchers at the University of Illinois say they have found evidence on the Whitehouse Web site that suggests “a pattern of revision and removal from the public record that spans several years, from 2003 through at least 2005. Instead of issuing a series ofContinue Reading

GAO – Missile Defense – Opportunities Exist to Reduce Acquisition Risk and Improve Reporting on System Capabilities

Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Reduce Acquisition Risk and Improve Reporting on System Capabilities, GAO-15-345: Published: May 6, 2015. Publicly Released: May 6, 2015. “In fiscal year 2014, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) made some progress in achieving its testing and delivery goals for individual elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), but wasContinue Reading

CRS – Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations

Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations, Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. April 29, 2015. “The kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ruled by the Al Saud family since its founding in 1932, wields significant global political and economic influence through its administration of the birthplace of the Islamic faith and by virtue of itsContinue Reading

Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends Its Contracting Dollar

CRS Report – Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends Its Contracting Dollars. Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government, John F. Sargent Jr.Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. April 30, 2015. “The Department of Defense (DOD) has long relied on contractors to provide the U.S. military with aContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Community Development Capital Initiative, Controlled Substances, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System

Community Development Capital Initiative: Status of the Program Investments and Participants, GAO-15-542: Published: May 5, 2015. Publicly Released: May 5, 2015. Controlled Substances: DEA Needs to Better Manage Its Quota Process and Improve Coordination with FDA, GAO-15-494T: Published: May 5, 2015. Publicly Released: May 5, 2015. Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate MatchContinue Reading

European Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Assessments, Responses, and Issues for the United States

CRS Report – European Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Assessments, Responses, and Issues for the United States, April 27, 2015. “The rising number of U.S. and European citizens traveling to fight with rebel and terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq has emerged as a growing concern for U.S. and European leaders, including Members of Congress.Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Contracting, Railroad Retirement Board

Defense Contracting: DOD’s Use of Competitive Procedures, GAO-15-484R: Published: May 1, 2015. Publicly Released: May 1, 2015: “During the period from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2014, DOD’s competition rate—the dollars obligated annually on competitive contracts and task orders as a percentage of dollars obligated on all contracts and orders—ranged from 60.8 percent toContinue Reading

New GAO Reports: Homeland Security, SEC’s Internal Controls, SEC Oversight of FINRA, Southwest Border, Needy Families, USAID

Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Better Manage Security Screening at Federal Buildings and Courthouses, GAO-15-445: Published: Mar 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2015. Management Report: Improvements Needed in SEC’s Internal Controls and Accounting Procedures, GAO-15-387R: Published: Apr 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2015. Securities Regulation: SEC Can Further Enhance Its Oversight Program ofContinue Reading

Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington D.C. Airspace

On April 29, 2015 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing titled, “Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington, D.C. Airspace [link includes Witness and Testimony Documents]This hearing examined how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol. HEARING BACKGROUND: “On April 15, 2015, an individualContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Broadband Networks, Yemen, Budgeting for Disasters, DOE Loan Programs, Aviation Alternatives

Public-Safety Broadband Network: FirstNet Should Strengthen Internal Controls and Evaluate Lessons Learned, GAO-15-407: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Yemen: DOD Should Improve Accuracy of Its Data on Congressional Clearance of Projects as It Reevaluates Counterterrorism Assistance, GAO-15-493: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Budgeting for Disasters: Approaches toContinue Reading