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New GAO Reports – Foreclosure Review, Inter-Agency Info Sharing, Political Intelligence

  • Foreclosure Review – Lessons Learned Could Enhance Continuing Reviews and Activities under Amended Consent Orders, GAO-13-277, Mar 26, 2013: “Complexity of the reviews, overly broad guidance, and limited monitoring for consistency impeded the ability of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) to achieve the goals of the foreclosure review–to identify as many harmed borrowers as possible and ensure similar results for similarly situated borrowers.”
  • Information Sharing – Agencies Could Better Coordinate to Reduce Overlap in Field-Based Activities, GAO-13-471, Apr 4, 2013: “Five types of field-based information-sharing entities are supported, in part, by the federal government–Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Field Intelligence Groups, Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) centers, state and major urban area fusion centers, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Investigative Support Centers–and have distinct missions, roles, and responsibilities. However, GAO identified 91 instances of overlap in some analytical activities–such as producing intelligence reports–and 32 instances of overlap in investigative support activities, such as identifying links between criminal organizations.”
  • Political Intelligence – Financial Market Value of Government Information Hinges on Materiality and Timing, GAO-13-389, Apr 4, 2013: “The prevalence of the sale of political intelligence is not known and therefore difficult to quantify. The extent to which investment decisions are based on a single piece of political intelligence would be extremely difficult to measure. This is in part because a firm’s information is often bundled with other information such as industry research and policy analysis, and because the flow of information does not readily lend itself to quantification or ongoing documentation for the purpose of measuring industry activity. Investors typically use multiple sources of information to influence their investment and business decisions.”

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