Sponsors of both bills say the measures are needed because the Obama administration has failed to plug the southern border, a problem that's been exacerbated by the president's executive action on immigration, they contend.
The agency had been planning to acquire 14 more drones – in addition to the 10 operational ones it has now – at a cost of about $443 million that the IG said could be put to better use by investing into alternatives such as manned aircraft and ground surveillance.
On his last day in the Senate, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn issued a critical report on the Homeland Security Department, saying it's doing a substandard job from border security to counterterrorism to cybersecurity.
DHS agencies have collectively spent about $512 million on AUO payments in fiscal 2013 and $255 million through March of this year, mostly on Border Patrol agents, according to a recently released report said.
A former agent within the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general was sentenced Dec. 15 to more than three years in prison for impeding an internal investigation and falsifying records in the Texas field office.
The Justice Department is expected to update guidance Dec. 8, prohibiting federal law enforcement officials from profiling individuals based on national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race and ethnicity that was banned more than a decade ago.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration Dec. 2, telling lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the administration has the legal authority to proceed.
More than a fifth of U.S. law enforcement agencies say controlled prescription drug abuse is the greatest drug threat, a significant increase since 2009, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency's recently issued threat assessment.
Despite the varying level of interaction between federal homeland security and health officials with the the White House-appointed "Ebola czar," Ron Klain has improved coordination on the issue, said most testifying at a Senate hearing in which Klain was absent.
The IG's report listed a number of challenges across the Homeland Security Department over the last year through investigations and audits, but it didn't contain any recommendations.