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GAO notes progress, room for improvement at scandalized DHS inspector general's office

Congressional investigators found that the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general is taking positive steps to improve an image tarnished by former Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards, but it can do more to address concerns about the integrity and independence of its office.

Analyst faults Obama administration's inaction in Syria giving rise to terrorist group ISIL

The Obama administration made a miscalculation when it didn't intervene in the Syrian civil war, leading to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said a foreign policy analyst at a recent panel discussion.

More than 10,000 new Ebola cases weekly by mid November if outbreak left unchecked, WHO says

Despite a massive international effort to curb the spread of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which was formally declared six months ago, healthcare experts say there could be 10,000 cases weekly by mid-November, if left unchecked.

IG: FEMA spent $12M more than it should have replacing flood-damaged Iowa facilities

The audit conducted by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency replaced the facilities at a cost of $20.7 million, while repairing them would have cost about $8.6 million.

Greater US political consensus on drug policy reform efforts, int'l focus more on security, health

Despite the political gridlock on Capitol Hill on a range of highly charged issues, there's a surprising amount of consensus in drug policy reform, said a health and drug policy analyst.

CBP could better secure personally sensitive data related to trusted traveler programs, audit finds

The Customs and Border Protection agency has generally done a good job of implementing and managing security for radio frequency identification technology, but it can still strengthen some aspects related to several traveler programs, an internal audit found.

US doing a better job of preventing 'homegrown' jihadist attacks

A third of the extremists charged since 2001 were turned in by family or community members. Additionally, of the 50 plots against the United States since 9/11, almost half were under surveillance by informants, while only eight were directed by a foreign terrorist organization.

Effectiveness of DHS visa security program unclear, internal audit finds

The effectiveness of a Homeland Security Department program designed to deny terrorists, criminals and other ineligible applicants from receiving U.S. visas is unclear, an internal audit found.

Internal investigators at CBP to become criminal investigators

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson has given Customs and Border Protection the authority to convert qualified internal affairs employees from general investigators to criminal investigators in order to pursue its employees for alleged criminal misconduct.

New DHS HQ faces more problems if plans, cost estimates not updated, says GAO official

Already more than $1 billion over budget and a dozen years behind schedule, the Homeland Security Department's planned consolidated headquarters could face more such problems if current estimates and plans aren't revised, a Government Accountability Office investigator said.

UN boosts effort to combat Ebola in West Africa, says $1B needed over next 6 months

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is launching a new emergency health mission to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as a "20-fold increase" in international assistance.

TSA still needs help checking potentially fake IDs, GAO official says

A congressional investigator testifyng before a House subcommittee said the Transportation Security Administration is making better progress in screening airline passengers with potentially fraudulent boarding passes than with fake IDs.

Homeland, intelligence officials say no info that ISIL infiltrating southern US border

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently testified that he's unaware of any plot by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to cross into the United States thorugh Mexico.

Audit finds numerous IT-related security problems for DHS agencies at airport

An internal audit found that the Homeland Security Department's IT systems and assets at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had inadequate security measures, which could potentially be exploited or compromised.

House bill would suspend US Visa Waiver countries if they fail to give pertinent terrorist info

Countries that don't give the United States relevant traveler information related to terror threats could be suspended from the U.S. Visa Waiver Program under a proposed House bill. The Homeland Security Department, which oversees the program, will also be required to consider expanding collection of biographical information from foreign applicants.

GAO: DHS needs a better approach to assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure

Congressional investigators said the Homeland Security Department needs a better way to consistently assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure despite conducting thousands of reviews in recent years.

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.