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2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations April 2015

FAS – “The number of persons holding security clearances for access to classified information decreased by more than 635,000 (or 12.3 percent) last year, according to a new report to Congress from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  It was the first reported drop in the total security-cleared population since the government beganContinue Reading

International Atomic Energy Agency Lacks Transparency, Observers and Researchers Say

“The nuclear inspection agency that is central to the current Iran negotiations is flunking international transparency norms, according to a report posted today by Freedominfo.org and the National Security Archive’s Nuclear Vault. Key documents about International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proceedings, found in various national archives and private collections but closed at Agency headquarters inContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Cybersecurity, Management of Excess Uranium, Homeland Security, Indian Affairs

Cybersecurity: Actions Needed to Address Challenges Facing Federal Systems, GAO-15-573T: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015. Department of Energy: Management of Excess Uranium, GAO-15-475T: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015. Homeland Security Acquisitions: Addressing Gaps in Oversight and Information is Key to Improving Program Outcomes, GAO-15-541T: Published: Apr 22,Continue Reading

DHS Data Framework – Interim Process to Address Emergent Threat

Privacy Impact Assessment for the DHS Data Framework – Interim Process to Address an Emergent Threat. DHS/ALL/PIA-051 April 15 , 2015. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to explain its plan to expedite DHS’s ability to meet a critical mission need through the use of an interim manualContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – 202 Census, Defense Inventory, DOD Acquisition Rulemaking

2020 Census: Recommended Actions Need to Be Implemented before Potential Cost Savings Can be Realized, GAO-15-546T: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2015. Defense Inventory: Services Generally Have Reduced Excess Inventory, but Additional Actions Are Needed, GAO-15-350: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2015. Department of Defense: Acquisition Rulemaking Practices, GAO-15-423R:Continue Reading

Cyber In-securIty II Closing the Federal Talent Gap

Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton – Cyber In-securIty II Closing the Federal Talent Gap, April 2015. “Technology has changed our lives. Individuals can email, text and talk to each other, take pictures, get directions, watch television, control their home appliances, read the news, play games and manage their schedules using a device thatContinue Reading

DHS Privacy Office FOIA Report March 2015

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2015 Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer Report to the Attorney General of the United States March 2015. “The Report summarizes the Department’s accomplishments in achieving its strategic goals related to transparency, openness, and implementing FOIA from March 2014 through March 2015…a word about the backlog: As has beenContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition, Export-Import Bank, National Nuclear Security Administration, Small Business Research Programs, Sole Community Hospitals

Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition: Marine Corps Adopts an Incremental Approach, GAO-15-385: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. Export-Import Bank: Status of Actions to Address GAO Recommendations since the Bank’s 2012 Reauthorization, GAO-15-557T: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: Observations on Management Challenges and Steps TakenContinue Reading

GAO Report – Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-15-404SP: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. “In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad rangeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Air Traffic Control, Broadcast Exclusivity Rules, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

sAir Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen, GAO-15-370: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response, GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. F-35 Joint StrikeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Indian Housing Block Grant Program, Defense Acquisitions, FDIC Info Security, Tanker Aircraft

Data Use and Regulatory Status of the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, GAO-15-353R: Published: Mar 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2015. Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs [Reissued on April 9, 2015], GAO-15-342SP: Published: Mar 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2015. Information Security: FDIC Implemented Many Controls over Financial Systems, but OpportunitiesContinue Reading

Report – Analyzing the Response to the Marathon Bombings two Years Later

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnev set off two explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions resulted in three fatalities and over 250 injured. Three days later, the FBI identified the Tsarnevs as suspects and released their photos to the press. When the brothers were confronted by theContinue Reading