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.
The Homeland Security Department has enhanced screening procedures at ports of entry and invoked its authority to prevent people who may be infected with the Ebola virus from flying into the United States, the department's secretary testified at a recent Senate hearing.
Concerned about the rising number of people with Western passports fighting with terrorist groups, Homeland Security Department officials earlier this week began collecting more information about international visitors who aren't required to get a visa to enter the United States.
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.