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Elder Justice: Federal Government Has Taken Some Steps but Could Do More to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation
GAO-13-626T: Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
Older adults are being financially exploited by strangers who inundate them with mail, telephone, or Internet scams; unscrupulous financial services professionals; and untrustworthy in-home caregivers. Local law enforcement authorities in the four states GAO visited indicated that investigating and prosecuting the growing number of cases involving interstate and international mass marketing fraud-...
Office of National Drug Control Policy: Office Could Better Identify Opportunities to Increase Program Coordination
GAO-13-333: Published: Mar 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2013.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and federal agencies have not made progress toward achieving most of the goals articulated in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy (the Strategy), but are reported to be on track to implement most Strategy action items intended to support these goals. ONDCP established seven Strategy goals related to reducing illicit drug use and its consequenc...
Status of Funding, Equipment, and Training for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative
GAO-13-367R: Published: Mar 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2013.
State and USAID disbursed $27.2 million of INCLE, ESF, DA, and NADR funds and committed $11.1 million of FMF funds from the combined total of about $203 million allocated to support activities in CBSI partner countries from fiscal years 2010 through 2012. State and USAID used this funding for new and pre-existing programs that provide equipment, training, and other activities related to the CBSI s...
Federal Courthouses: Most Recommended New Construction Projects Do Not Qualify Under Improved Capital-Planning Process
GAO-13-523T: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The AMP process, which the judiciary has applied to about 67 percent of its courthouses, represents progress by the judiciary in aligning its capital-planning process with leading capital-planning practices, but the document the judiciary uses to request courthouse construction projects from Congress lacks transparency and key information. For example, the AMP process better aligns with leading pr...
Federal Courthouses: Recommended Construction Projects Should Be Evaluated under New Capital- Planning Process
GAO-13-263: Published: Apr 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
The Asset Management Planning (AMP) process represents progress by the federal judiciary (judiciary) in better aligning its capital-planning process with leading capitalplanning practices, but its 5-year plan for fiscal years 2014 to 2018--the document the judiciary uses to request courthouse construction projects--lacks transparency and key information on how projects qualify for new construction...
Department of Justice: Additional Actions Needed to Enhance Program Efficiency and Resource Management
GAO-13-505T: Published: Apr 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2013.
In July 2012, GAO reported that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) more than 200 grant programs overlapped across 10 key justice areas, and that this overlap contributed to the risk of unnecessarily duplicative grant awards for the same or similar purposes. GAO has recommended, among other steps, that DOJ conduct an assessment to better understand the extent of grant program overlap and determine i...
Information Sharing: Agencies Could Better Coordinate to Reduce Overlap in Field-Based Activities
GAO-13-471: Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2013.
Five types of field-based information-sharing entities are supported, in part, by the federal government--Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Field Intelligence Groups, Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) centers, state and major urban area fusion centers, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Investigative Support Centers--and have distinct missions, roles, and responsibilities. Howev...
Political Intelligence: Financial Market Value of Government Information Hinges on Materiality and Timing
GAO-13-389: Published: Apr 4, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2013.
The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012 specifically defines political intelligence as information that is "derived by a person from direct communications with an executive branch employee, a Member of Congress, or an employee of Congress; and provided in exchange for financial compensation to a client who intends, and who is known to intend, to use the information to infor...
Information Sharing: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure That Efforts to Share Terrorism-Related Suspicious Activity Reports Are Effective [Reissued on March 26, 2013]
GAO-13-233: Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has largely implemented the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative among fusion centers--entities that serve as the focal point within a state for sharing and analyzing suspicious activity reports and other threat information. The state and local law enforcement officials GAO interviewed generally said the initiative's processes worked well, but that th...
Federal Courthouses Construction: Nationwide Space and Cost Overages Also Apply to Miami Project
GAO-13-461T: Published: Mar 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2013.
The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Miami, Florida, along with the other 32 federal courthouses completed from 2000 to March 2010 include 3.56 million square feet of extra space consisting of space that was constructed (1) above the congressionally authorized size, (2) because of overestimating the number of judges the courthouses would have, and (3) without planning for courtroom shari...