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New GAO Reports – Border Security, Broadband, DOD Operational Testing, Medicaid, Retirement Security, Telecom, Private Health Insurance

Border Security: Progress and Challenges in DHS’s Efforts to Address High-Risk Travelers and Maritime Cargo, GAO-15-668T: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015. Broadband: Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers Are Unclear, GAO-15-473: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015. DOD Operational Testing: Oversight Has Resulted inContinue Reading

Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities

CRS – Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities, Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney; Andrew Nolan, Legislative Attorney, Richard M. Thompson II, Legislative Attorney. May 21, 2015. “Beginning in summer 2013, media reports of foreign intelligence activities conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) have been widely published. The reports have focused on twoContinue Reading

FAS – New Intelligence Budget Data Disclosed

Steven Aftergood – Secrecy News: “U.S. intelligence spending remains at the frontier of national security classification and declassification policy, as some new scraps of intelligence budget information are divulged, most other information is withheld, and a simmering demand for greater disclosure persists in Congress and elsewhere. Last month the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) released heavilyContinue Reading

Assessing Unconventional Applications of the ‘Terrorism’ Label

Setty, Sudha, Assessing Unconventional Applications of the ‘Terrorism’ Label (2015). Forthcoming in The War on Terror & Beyond: Moving from Military Action to Civil Rights, Satvinder Juss and Clive Walker, eds. (Univ. of Penn. Press, 2015); Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-3. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2608623Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – IRS Internal Controls, Medicaid, Navy Force Structure

Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service’s Internal Control over Financial Reporting, GAO-15-480R: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015. Medicaid: Additional Actions Needed to Help Improve Provider and Beneficiary Fraud Controls, GAO-15-313: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015. Navy Force Structure: Sustainable Plan and ComprehensiveContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – International Space Station, Sequestration

International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory, GAO-15-397: Published: Apr 27, 2015. Publicly Released: May 27, 2015: “The U.S. has spent almost $43 billion to develop, assemble, and operate the ISS over the past two decades. The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 required NASA to enterContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Transportation, Federal Veterinarians, U.S. Postal Service

Defense Transportation: Air Force’s Airlift Study Met Mandate Requirements, GAO-15-457R: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015. Federal Veterinarians: Efforts Needed to Improve Workforce Planning, GAO-15-495: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015. U.S. Postal Service: Improved Management Procedures Needed for Parcel Select Contracts, GAO-15-408: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

Report – $36M Command Control Facility in Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused

SIGAR – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction May 2015 SIGAR-15-57-SP $36 Million Command and Control Facility at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused “SIGAR found that DoD requested funds for this facility on the basis that it was necessary to address an immediate operational need associated with the military surge in Afghanistan inContinue Reading

SIGAR Quarterly Report to Congress on Afghanistan Reconstruction

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Quarterly Report to Congress, April 30, 2015 “As a result of a SIGAR investigation that uncovered corruption in the award of a nearly $1 billion, multi-year Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) fuel contract, SIGAR has developed a relationship with the new Afghan national-unity government that promises to create uniqueContinue Reading

US DOJ IG Report – Review of the FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders

FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders: Assessment of Progress in Implementing Recommendations and Examination of Use in 2007 through 2009, Oversight and Review Division Report 15-05. May 2015. Redacted. “The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced today the release of a public version of its most recent report examining theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Vehicle Fleets, Medicare Physician Payment Rates, Nuclear Weapons Council, Telecommunications, Unemployment Insurance

Federal Vehicle Fleets: Leading Practices for Managing Fleet Operations, GAO-15-644T: Published: May 21, 2015. Publicly Released: May 21, 2015. Medicare Physician Payment Rates: Better Data and Greater Transparency Could Improve Accuracy, GAO-15-434: Published: May 21, 2015. Publicly Released: May 21, 2015. Nuclear Weapons Council: Enhancing Interagency Collaboration Could Help with Implementation of Expanded Responsibilities, GAO-15-446:Continue Reading

Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf

Office of the Director on National Intelligence – “On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014Continue Reading