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GAO Reports – InfoTech Acquisitions, K-12 Education, DoD and Sexual Assault, Aviation Security, 2020 Census, Climate Change, Medicaid, TARP

Information Technology: Implementation of Reform Legislation Needed to Improve Acquisitions and Operations, GAO-16-204T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. K-12 Education: Internal Controls for Program Management and Oversight Can Help Ensure the Success of School Choice Programs, GAO-16-212T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015. Sexual Assault: Actions Needed toContinue Reading

SIGAR’s 29th Quarterly Report – Status of U.S Reconstruction Effort in Afghanistan

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Quarterly Report to the United States Congress, October 30, 2015. “As of March 31, 2015, approximately $110 billion had been appropriated for Afghanistan relief and reconstruction since 2002. These funds are used to build the Afghan National Security Forces, promote good governance, conduct development assistance, and engage in counter-narcoticsContinue Reading

Army Techniques Publication – Protection of Civilians

Protection of Civilians, Headquarters, Department of the Army, ATP 3-07.6 October 2015. “ATP 3-07.6 contains five chapters: Chapter 1 provides an overview of the protection of civilians, discusses its legal underpinnings, and addresses considerations including civilian risks. It discusses civilian protection during military operations and introduces the protection of civilians framework used in the document,Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disability Insurance, Medical Devices, Southeast Asia, Space Acquisitions

Nuclear Nonproliferation: NNSA’s Threat Assessment Process Could Be Improved, GAO-16-118: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. 2013 Sequestration and Shutdown: Selected Agencies Generally Managed Unobligated Balances in Reviewed Accounts, but Balances Exceeded Target Levels in Two Accounts, GAO-16-26: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. VA Health Care: Oversight ImprovementsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – SBA, VA Mental Health, Combating Nuclear Smuggling, Electronic Health Records, Federal Supply Chains

Amphibious Combat Vehicle: Some Acquisition Activities Demonstrate Best Practices; Attainment of Amphibious Capability to be Determined, GAO-16-22: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015. Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-15-347: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015. Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects ofContinue Reading

Regulating Real-World Surveillance

Kaminski, Margot E., Regulating Real-World Surveillance (October 27, 2015). Washington Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 113, 2015; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 316. Available for download at SSRN: “A number of laws govern information gathering, or surveillance, by private parties in the physical world. But we lack a compelling theory of privacyContinue Reading

ODNI – The Principles of Intelligence Transparency

The Principles of Intelligence Transparency Implementation Plan, October 27, 2015. “The Principles of Intelligence Transparency – In February 2015, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) published the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community (Principles). These Principles are intended to facilitate Intelligence Community (IC) decisions on making information publicly available in a manner thatContinue Reading

Russian ships operating close to undersea cables carrying global internet connectivity

Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort By David E. Sabger and Eric Schmitt, NYT: “Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack thoseContinue Reading

DOT Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

A GoPro equipped drone came within 8 feet feet of my forehead while I standing on a bridge over the Potomac Gorge last year (not amused – yes I have photos) – following is a announcement from DOT about registering drones: “U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creationContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Restricted Products

“The following products have been determined to contain either classified information or controlled unclassified information by the audited agencies and cannot be publicly released. As such, they have not been posted to GAO’s website and have product numbers that end in C (classified) or SU (controlled unclassified information). This list is intended to keep Congress,Continue Reading

Final Report of Defense Science Board 2012 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise

Via FAS: Office of the Secretary of Defense, February 26, 2015 – Memorandum for Chairman, Defense Science Board / Subject: Final Report of the Defense Science Board 2012 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise “The final report of the Defense Science Board 2014 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise is attached. In accordance with its charter, theContinue Reading

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

CRS – Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response, October 9, 2015” “The rise of the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, aka the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL/ISIS) and Russia’s military intervention on behalf of the Syrian government have reshaped debates over U.S. policy toward theContinue Reading