The Homeland Security Advisory Council subcommittee report presented recommendations aimed at improving investigations into alleged corruption at CBP, but also said the agency's use-of-force policy guidelines need to revised.
The audit from the department's inspector general focused on $725 million awarded to the state and city through the Homeland Security Grant Program from fiscal years 2010 through 2012.
The survey said 74 percent of respondents listed anti-government extremism as their top concern, followed by 39 percent for Qaeda-linked extremism, 33 percent for environmental extremism and 24 percent for racist violent extremism.
A U.S. joint military task force's progress in detecting, monitoring and stopping illicit drug trafficking from South America, Central America and the Caribbean could be in "jeopardy" due to defense cutbacks and limited resources.
Omar Gonzalez, 43, pleaded guilty March 13 on two federal offenses, including one count of unlawfully entering a restricted building while carry a deadlly weapon – in this case a folding knife – and one count of assaulting or resisting a federal officer.
A senior FBI counterterrorism official emphasized the need for federal law enforcement officials to have the capability to legally access encrypted devices without the use of backdoors for investigating potential terrorist incidents.
A Customs and Border Protection initiative designed to reduce recidivism rates of aliens who illegally try to enter or re-enter the United States isn't being measured well enough to determine its effectiveness.
The department could do a better job of collecting data and developing measures and metrics to assess what they're getting out of investments.
Experts testified during a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on how jihadists are using social media – held just a few days after two gunmen were killed in Garland, Texas, trying to attack a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad.
Although new research shows that lone wolf terrorism isn't on the rise in America, these individuals with no ties to organized terrorist groups are primarily targeting police and military personnel and prefer using high-velocity firearms.