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Sex Offenders: ICE Could Better Inform Offenders It Supervises of Registration Responsibilities and Notify Jurisdictions when Offenders Are Removed
GAO-13-832: Published: Sep 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2013.
On the basis of GAO's analysis of a representative sample of 131 alien sex offenders under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) supervision, GAO estimates that as of September 2012, 72 percent of alien sex offenders were registered, 22 percent were not required to register, and 5 percent did not register but should have. According to officials, offenders were not required to register for...
Highlights of a Forum: Data Analytics For Oversight and Law Enforcement
GAO-13-680SP: Published: Jul 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2013.
What Participants Said Participants identified a range of challenges and opportunities associated with data analytics--which involve a variety of techniques to analyze and interpret data to facilitate decision making--as discussed below.Challenges and opportunities in accessing and using available data Challenges participants cited include, among other issues, oversight and law enforcement entitie...
Southwest Border Security: Data Are Limited and Concerns Vary about Spillover Crime along the Southwest Border
GAO-13-175: Published: Feb 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2013.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, the government's centralized repository for crime data, provides the only available standardized way to track crime levels in border counties over time. However, UCR data lack information on whether reported offenses are attributable to spillover crime, and have other limitations, such as underreporting to police. A...
Drug Control: State Approaches Taken to Control Access to Key Methamphetamine Ingredient Show Varied Impact on Domestic Drug Labs
GAO-13-204: Published: Jan 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2013.
Methamphetamine (meth) lab incidents--seizures of labs, dumpsites, chemicals, and glassware--declined following state and federal sales restrictions on pseudoephedrine (PSE), an ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, but they rose again after changes to methods in acquiring PSE and in the methods to produce meth. According to Drug Enforcement Administration (DE...
Asset Forfeiture Programs: Justice and Treasury Should Determine Costs and Benefits of Potential Consolidation
GAO-12-972: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
Since 2003, the Departments of Justice (Justice) and the Treasury (Treasury) have taken some steps to explore coordinating forfeiture program efforts, including sharing a website for posting notifications and pursuing a contract for seizure efforts abroad. However, limited progress has been made to consolidate the management of their assets. According to department officials, when Congress establi...
Law Enforcement Body Armor: DOJ Supports Its Use and Enhancements, but Could Strengthen Management of Its Related Grant Programs
GAO-12-448T: Published: Feb 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2012.
DOJ has a number of initiatives to support body armor use by state and local law enforcement, including grant funding, research, standards development, and testing programs. Two separate BJA grant programs provide funding to state and local law enforcement to facilitate their body armor purchases. The BVP program offers 2-year grants on a reimbursable, matching basis to state and local law enforce...
Missing Children: DOJ Could Enhance Oversight to Help Ensure That Law Enforcement Agencies Report Cases in a Timely Manner
GAO-11-444: Published: Jun 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2011.
Missing children who are not found quickly are at an increased risk of victimization. The National Child Search Assistance Act, as amended, requires that within 2 hours of receiving a missing child report, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) enter the report into the Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a clearinghouse of information instantly available to LEAs natio...
Organized Retail Crime: Private Sector and Law Enforcement Collaborate to Deter and Investigate Theft
GAO-11-675: Published: Jun 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2011.
Each year organized groups of professional shoplifters steal or fraudulently obtain billions of dollars in merchandise to resell in an activity known as organized retail crime (ORC). These stolen goods can also be sold on online marketplaces, a practice known as "e-fencing." GAO was asked to assess ORC and e-fencing. This report addresses: (1) types of efforts that select retailers, state and loca...
Law Enforcement Coordination: DOJ Could Improve Its Process for Identifying Disagreements among Agents
GAO-11-314: Published: Apr 7, 2011. Publicly Released: May 9, 2011.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), an estimated 1.3 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2009. The Department of Justice (DOJ) law enforcement components--the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; FBI, and U.S. Marshals Service--have overlapping jurisdiction over violent crime investigations, specifically when they invol...
Combating Child Pornography: Steps Are Needed to Ensure That Tips to Law Enforcement Are Useful and Forensic Examinations Are Cost Effective
GAO-11-334: Published: Mar 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2011.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that online child pornography crime has increased. DOJ funds the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which maintains the CyberTipline to receive child pornography tips. The Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology To Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2008 (the Act) contains provisions to facilitate these investigatio...