Zach Rausnitz

Articles by Zach Rausnitz

Report: DHS training not all relevant to all its agencies

The centralized leadership training that the Homeland Security Department oversees for its components sometimes isn't all applicable to those components, says a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Republicans target passports of American citizens who fight with terrorist groups

Republicans in the House and the Senate introduced a series of bills last week that would allow the government to strip the passports and citizenship of Americans who join foreign terrorist organizations.

Expect a new wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the US border, expert says

Another wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the United States from Central America is likely to occur before long, an expert on Central America and organized crime said Sept. 12 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

CBP paid a premium for employee housing near southwestern border

Customs and Border Protection built employee housing in an Arizona town that cost nearly eight times as much as the town's average home price.

Report: Tens of millions of dollars wasted on underused vehicles at DHS

Underused vehicles cost the Homeland Security Department tens of millions of dollars in fiscal 2012, according to the DHS office of inspector general.

Federal labs to review safety in wake of anthrax, flu mishandling

By the end of next week, federal agency laboratories will have to have begun reviews of their safety practices in the wake of widely publicized lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere.

NCTC chief: ISIL won't carry out large-scale attack in US

Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said he expected "nothing like a 9/11-scale attack" from ISIL in the United States. Olsen spoke Sept. 3 during a discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Review: FBI hasn't abused witness detention authority in terrorism cases

The Justice Department's inspector general reviewed those cases and identified 12 individuals who appeared to be detained under potentially questionable circumstances. After an extensive review of each case, the IG concluded that the FBI acted appropriately.

Equipment aging at federal radiological response center, internal watchdog finds

The federal government's multiagency center that is on call to respond to radiological incidents has issues with aging equipment, says a recent report from the Energy Department inspector general.

Wildfires dominating more of Forest Service's resources, new report says

The portion of the Forest Service budget spent fighting wildfires has gradually crept up over the past 20 years, and the agency is worried that the shift is compromising its other responsibilities. In fiscal year 1995, only 16 percent of Forest Service spending was on firefighting activities. This year, that figure has reached 42 percent.