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Countering Violent Extremism: Additional Actions Could Strengthen Training Efforts
GAO-13-79: Published: Oct 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified and is communicating to its components and state and local partners topics that the training on countering violent extremism (CVE) it provides or funds should cover; in contrast, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not identified what topics should be covered in its CVE-related training. According to a DHS official who leads DHS's CVE effort...
Border Security: Additional Steps Needed to Ensure That Officers Are Fully Trained
GAO-12-269: Published: Dec 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2011.
CBP revised its training program for newly hired CBP officers in accordance with its own training development standards. Consistent with these standards, CBP convened a team of subject-matter experts to identify and rank the tasks that new CBP officers are expected to perform. As a result, the new curriculum was designed to produce a professional law enforcement officer capable of protecting the h...
Federal Facility Security: Staffing Approaches Used by Selected Agencies
GAO-11-601: Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2011.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides security and law enforcement services to over 9,000 federal facilities through its federal and contract security workforce. Over the years, GAO has made numerous recommendations to address significant weaknesses in FPS's oversight and management of its security workforce. Legislation has been introduced...
Homeland Security: Preliminary Observations on the Federal Protective Service's Workforce Analysis and Planning Efforts
GAO-10-802R: Published: Jun 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2010.
We have identified several workforce related challenges faced by the Federal Protective Service (FPS) since its transfer to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2003, including low morale among staff, increased attrition, and the loss of institutional knowledge. Our prior work has found that FPS continues to face challenges in identifying the optimal number of staff needed to adequately co...
Homeland Security: Federal Protective Service Should Improve Human Capital Planning and Better Communicate with Tenants
GAO-09-749: Published: Jul 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2009.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS), as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for providing security services to about 9,000 federal facilities. In recent years, FPS downsized its workforce from 1,400 to about 1,000 full-time employees. In 2008, GAO expressed concerns about the impact that downsizing had on FPS's mission, and in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 Congress manda...
Federal Law Enforcement: Selected Issues in Human Capital Management
GAO-03-1034T: Published: Jul 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2003.
Many federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area have their own police forces to ensure the security and safety of the persons and property within and surrounding federal buildings. In the executive branch, for example, the Secret Service has over 1,000 uniformed officers protecting the White House, the Treasury Building, and other facilities used by the Executive Office of the Pre...
Foreign Languages: Human Capital Approach Needed to Correct Staffing and Proficiency Shortfalls
GAO-02-375: Published: Jan 31, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2002.
The changing security environment and the increasing globalization of the U.S. economy have significantly increased the need for federal employees with foreign language skills. GAO reviewed in detail the operations of the following four agencies: the Army, the State Department, the Department of Commerce's Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These four...
Joint FBI and Justice Investigation of Alleged Misconduct by Senior FBI Personnel in 1997 and Our Queries About the Possibility of Similar Misconduct in 2001
GAO-02-189R: Published: Dec 21, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2002.
This letter responds to allegations of improper conduct by senior Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) personnel in connection with an October 1997 retirement dinner for former FBI Assistant Director Larry Potts. The allegations asserted that a conference was scheduled at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, to provide a reason for senior FBI personnel to travel to Mr. Potts' retireme...
Personnel Practices: Circumstances Surrounding U.S. Customs Service's Use of Schedule A Appointment Authority
GAO-01-1103: Published: Sep 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2001.
The Treasury Department, on behalf of the Customs Service, requested Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approval for Schedule A appointment authority for 10 positions for oversight policy and direction of sensitive law enforcement activities. Treasury's request stated that "due to the sensitive nature of the operations, these positions require a unique blend of special characteristics, skills an...
Illegal Aliens: Significant Obstacles to Reducing Unauthorized Alien Employment Exist
T-GGD-99-105: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) enforcement of workplace immigration laws.GAO noted that: (1) significant numbers of aliens unauthorized to work in the United States have used fraudulent documents to circumvent the employment verification process designed to prevent employers from hiring them, thereby undermining the effectivene...