Zach Rausnitz

Articles by Zach Rausnitz

Disease outbreak worries put pressure on US customs officers

When a deadly infectious disease like Ebola breaks out overseas, the responsibility to keep infected individuals out of the United States partly falls on customs officers with little medical training who staff long lines of travelers waiting to enter the country.

FBI tightening use of national security letters after extensive review, but typo problem persists

The FBI has made notable strides in bringing its practices around national security letters more into compliance with the law, but not when it comes to typographical errors, says a new report from the Justice Department's inspector general.

Worries mount over law enforcement using technology to disrupt protests amid Ferguson unrest

While the use of military-style tactics and equipment to quash protests in Ferguson, Mo., last week drew widespread concern about police infringing on First Amendment rights, some civil liberties advocates are increasingly concerned about software that law enforcement could potentially exploit to thwart protests as well.

Education Dept: Unaccompanied migrant children entitled to US education

The basic education rights of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated across the southwestern border this year are no different from those of other children in the United States, the Education Department said in guidance released last week.

House OKs bills to deal with migrant children at border, goes on summer recess

The House briefly delayed its summer recess to pass two bills on Aug. 1 in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern border. Both bills appear destined to go no further.

House Intelligence Committee declassifies report on intelligence satellite cost-savings

The U.S. intelligence community could save billions of dollars in satellite costs without compromising capabilities, according to a report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Top RAND researcher: Open up border security data

Analysis of data related to border issues could illuminate the threats and challenges at the border and also help understand the effects of border security measures on trade, said Jack Riley, the vice president of RAND's national security research division.

Gulf between Republicans and union over TSA privatization still vast

Without a reliable way to compare the costs of Transportation Security Administration screeners to contractors, views on the merits of privatized airport security remained widely divergent during a House hearing July 29.

DHS now reports to more congressional committees than it did when 9/11 Commission called for consolidation

In 2004, the Homeland Security Department reported to 88 different committees and subcommittees of Congress. The 9/11 Commission urged Congress to consolidate oversight to make it less fragmented—but now, a decade later, the department reports to 92 committees and subcommittees.

Growth of FEMA's administrative costs during disaster recovery and response worries GAO

For federally declared disasters that occurred between 1989 and 1995, only 9 percent of aid money went toward administrative costs. From 2004 through 2011, that number rose to 18 percent.