Open Recommendations (35 total)

Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

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United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 9)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

The Department of Homeland Security concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 10)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

The Department of Homeland Security concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Imported Agriculture: Updated Planning and Communication Could Enhance Agency Coordination of Inspections

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United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP, in collaboration with the Director of APHIS, should update the CBP-APHIS Joint Agency Task Force Strategic Plan. (Recommendation 3)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP, with input from the Director of FWS, should review CBP's existing guidance on communication with FWS at U.S. ports of entry and update the guidance where necessary. (Recommendation 5)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP, in collaboration with the Director of APHIS, should report on the CBP-APHIS Joint Agency Task Force's progress in meeting its objectives for the 2014–2019 strategic plan, and develop periodic progress reports for future strategic plans. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Firearms Trafficking: U.S. Efforts to Disrupt Gun Smuggling into Mexico Would Benefit from Additional Data and Analysis

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United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP, in consultation with relevant agencies, should develop performance measures to assess the results of CBP's efforts to interdict firearms being smuggled into Mexico. (Recommendation 7)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Forced Labor Imports: DHS Increased Resources and Enforcement Efforts, but Needs to Improve Workforce Planning and Monitoring

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United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should ensure that the Forced Labor Division issues guidance or takes other steps to improve the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of its summary data on active, suspended, and inactive forced labor investigations. (Recommendation 2)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In commenting on the draft GAO report, CBP concurred with GAO's recommendation and stated that CBP's Office of Trade identified the need for an automated case management system. In December 2020, CBP noted that the Forced Labor Division began work to outline system requirements and develop the project scope for its case management system. CBP stated in July 2021 that it continues to work toward development milestones to deliver an automated case management system in 2022. GAO continues to monitor agency actions related to this recommendation.
United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should ensure that the Office of Trade performs and documents a needs assessment to identify potential gaps in the workforce of its Forced Labor Division. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In commenting on the draft GAO report, CBP concurred with GAO's recommendation and stated that CBP's Office of Trade will develop a human capital needs assessment to identify CBPs resource requirements to enforce import restrictions on goods produced with forced labor. In May 2021, CBP reported that the Office of Trade began a process to determine staffing requirements and assess needs in its forced labor mission area. CBP stated in July 2021 that the Office of Trade continues to develop a workload staffing model to determine the agency's staffing requirements and assess needs. GAO continues to monitor agency actions related to this recommendation.

Facial Recognition: CBP and TSA are Taking Steps to Implement Programs, but CBP Should Address Privacy and System Performance Issues

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United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should develop and implement a plan to ensure that the biometric air exit capability meets its established photo capture requirement. (Recommendation 4)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In CBP's official comment letter, CBP concurred with this recommendation, and estimated it would address this recommendation by June 30, 2021. We will continue to monitor CBP's efforts to address this recommendation.
United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should ensure that the Biometric Entry-Exit Program's privacy signage is consistently available at all locations where CBP is using facial recognition. (Recommendation 2)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

In CBP's official comment letter, CBP concurred with this recommendation, and estimated it would address this recommendation by June 30, 2021. We will continue to monitor CBP's efforts to address this recommendation.