The Homeland Security Department's backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests nearly doubled in fiscal 2013 – rising to 51,761 – due to record-setting requests for immigration-related records, a recently released departmental report said.
U.S. citizens who go overseas to fight for foreign terrorist groups may have their passports revoked by the Secretary of State, but may not be necessarily denied entry back into the country even if they don't have papers, according to a pair of Congressional Research Service reports.
The Customs and Border Protection agency and Mexico's Tax Administration Service last week signed a deal to accelerate trade across the border.
Results from Customs and Border Protection's covert operations, which are conducted to evaluate nuclear and radiological detection and interdiction capabilities at different ports of entry, cannot be used to assess capabilities across all such U.S. locations, a congressional investigation found.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he's worried about foreign fighters, who go overseas to join terrorist groups, learn how to fight and return to carry out potential attacks, as well as the domestic-based "lone wolf" attacks inspired by such groups.
The Customs and Border Protection agency's drone program is complying with privacy and civil liberty laws and standards regarding the collection, retention, storage and distribution of images, and is taking steps to document such procedures into written policies, according to a congressional investigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.