Articles by Julie Bird
Customs and Border Protection has not assessed risks at select foreign ports with U.S.-bound shipments since 2005, part of a string of failures that has left key ports without a CBP presence, the Government Accountability Office says.
The vast majority of the 515 complaints to the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General alleging civil rights or civil liberties violations by DOJ personnel in the first half of 2013 were misdirected or unfounded, according to the OIG's most recent report.
The U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior need hard data on the effectiveness of various types of firefighting aircraft before they can identify how to best to expand the fleet, the General Accountability Office says in a new report (.pdf).
New research finds that reducing soot and methane emissions wouldn't reduce global temperatures as much as thought--and would be substantially less effective than enactment of a comprehensive climate policy that tackled both short- and long-lived pollutants.
Extreme weather driven by higher atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide is essentially dumping another 11 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equivalent to a third of global CO2 emissions per year, according to new research from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.
Radiation detectors typically are positioned at port entrances and exits, meaning they are unable to scan transshipment containers. The Mobile Radiation Detection and Identification System makes it harder for terrorists to smuggle radioactive material, said Greg Stihel of Sandia's Systems and Mission Assurance Department.
The Transportation Security Administration backed away from its plan to stop screening air travelers for small pocketknives, along with toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and up to two golf clubs.