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GAO Reports – Immigration Benefits System, Military Personnel, Nuclear Security, Defense Nuclear Enterprise, EPA, Flood Insurance, Iran Nuclear Deal

Immigration Benefits System: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Can Improve Program Management, GAO-16-467: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2016. Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Complete Data on Active-Duty Servicemembers’ Use of Food Assistance Programs, GAO-16-561: Published: Jul 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2016. Nuclear Security: NRC Has Enhanced the Controls of… Continue Reading

Pew – China and the global balance of power

“In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, many people began to question the reputation of the United States as the world’s leading economic power. As China’s economy continued to expand and the U.S. economy sputtered, overseas publics – especially in Europe – increasingly named China as the world’s top economic power. However, more… Continue Reading

House Intelligence Committee Publishes Recently Declassified Redacted Version of “28 Pages”

News release: “Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), approved publication of a newly declassified section of the 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.   Following a declassification… Continue Reading

2015 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations

NATIONAL COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY CENTER – OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.  2015 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations, Unclassified. June 28, 2016. “This 2015 annual security clearance determinations report provides the current state of government security clearances. The report is divided into two sections, Security Clearance Volume for the Entire Federal Government and… Continue Reading

Defense Weather Satellites: DOD Faces Acquisition Challenges for Addressing Capability Needs

Defense Weather Satellites: DOD Faces Acquisition Challenges for Addressing Capability Needs, GAO-16-769T: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “GAO found in March 2016 that the Department of Defense (DOD), in conducting a requirements review and Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) from 2012 to 2014, generally performed a thorough review for identifying capability gaps… Continue Reading

VA Conducts Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide

News release: “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million Veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The effort extends VA’s knowledge from the previous report issued in 2010, which examined  three million  Veteran records… Continue Reading

Commission on Care Final Report

“In Section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress established the Commission on Care, charging it to examine veterans’ access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care and to examine strategically how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health resources, and deliver health care to veterans during the next… Continue Reading

The Report of the Iraq Inquiry – UK

The Report of the Iraq Inquiry [The Chilcot Enquiry] was published on 6 July 2016 (the site includes a search engine). Sir John Chilcot’s  (Chair of the Inquiry) public statement can be read here.  It states: “We were appointed to consider the UK’s policy on Iraq from 2001 to 2009, and to identify lessons for… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Contracting, FDIC Information Security, IRS Information Technology

Defense Contracting: Complete Historical Data Not Available on Canceled DOD Solicitations, GAO-16-502R: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016. Information Security: FDIC Implemented Controls over Financial Systems, but Further Improvements are Needed, GAO-16-605: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016. Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve Its Processes for Prioritizing and… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Casualty Assistance, Defense Civil Support, Human Trafficking

Casualty Assistance: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Develop Policies and Outreach Goals and Metrics for Program Supporting Servicemembers’ Survivors, GAO-16-569 Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016. Defense Civil Support: DOD Has Made Progress Incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Enterprise, GAO-16-599: Published: Jun… Continue Reading

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects, updated June 21, 2016 (pre-Brexit)

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects – Kristin Archick. Specialist in European Affairs. June 21, 2016. “The European Union (EU) is a unique partnership in which member states have pooled sovereignty in certain policy areas and harmonized laws on a wide range of economic, social, and political issues. The EU is the latest… Continue Reading

Democrats Issue Benghazi Report and Release Interview Transcripts

News release: “Today, the Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi issued a 339-page report entitled, “Honoring Courage, Improving Security, and Fighting the Political Exploitation of a Tragedy.”  Democrats also released all of the unclassified interview transcripts in their possession so the American people can read them for themselves….” Continue Reading