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The Inspectors General (IG) of the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint report on the domestic sharing of counterterrorism information. The IGs’ review was conducted in response to a request from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. The IGs found that federal, state, and local entities are committed to sharing counterterrorism information by undertaking programs and initiatives that have improved information sharing. However, the IGs also identified several areas in which improvements could enhance the sharing of counterterrorism information. The IGs made 23 recommendations to the components of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), DHS, and DOJ to help improve the sharing of counterterrorism information and, ultimately, enhance the government’s ability to prevent terrorist attacks. The components of ODNI, DHS, and DOJ agreed with all 23 recommendations.Report NumberOIG-17-49Issue DateDocument FileFiscal Year2017
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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides funding to port authorities, facility operators, and other eligible entities to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism. FEMA awarded the Lower Mississippi River Port-wide Strategic Security Council (Council) approximately $108 million in PSGP grant funds from fiscal years 2008 to 2013. We determined whether the Council managed, distributed, and spent PSGP funds in compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance. About 73 percent of the nearly $108 million awarded to the Council to protect critical port infrastructure remains unspent. In addition, we identified more than $9.2 million in questioned costs. This occurred because the Council did not always follow Federal laws, regulations, or grant guidance; and FEMA failed to provide proper oversight. As a result, major Lower Mississippi River ports may be less prepared in the event of a terrorist attack.Report NumberOIG-16-14Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyFiscal Year2016
On March 16, 2016, Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC), requested that the Office of Inspector General review the events that took place at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), San Bernardino, California, office on December 3, 2015. We concluded that the USCIS Field Office Director at the San Bernardino office improperly delayed HSI agents from conducting a lawful and routine law enforcement action, but when the Field Office Director elevated the situation to her supervisors, the situation was corrected.