Open Recommendations (5 total)

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

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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Fish and Wildlife Service The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 13)
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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 Interior 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 Fish and Wildlife Service The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 14)
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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 Interior concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Coastal Barrier Resources Act: Fish and Wildlife Service Should Better Ensure It Carries Out Required Consultation and Mapping Activities

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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Fish and Wildlife Service The Director of FWS should develop a strategy to guide FWS's efforts to review and, as necessary, update CBRS maps at least once every 5 years, as required by CBRA, including an assessment of needed resources and planned time frames. (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.

The Department of the Interior concurred with this recommendation and described actions it plans to take to address it, which include developing a strategy assessing resource needs and goals to guide FWS's mapping efforts.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service The Director of FWS should ensure that agency guidance at all levels directs FWS field offices to consistently provide opinions in response to CBRA consultation requests, including revising FWS's consultation template as needed. (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.

The Department of the Interior concurred with this recommendation and described actions it plans to take to address it. These actions include completing an electronic system to streamline and standardize the consultation process and delivering consultation training to FWS field office staff.

Highway and Transit Projects: Better Data Needed to Assess Changes in the Duration of Environmental Reviews

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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Fish and Wildlife Service The Principal Deputy Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service should direct the Fish and Wildlife Service to develop plans and time frames for improving its new consultation tracking system and develop appropriate internal controls, such as electronic safeguards and other data-entry procedures, to ensure accurate data on the time taken for consultations. (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.

The Fish and Wildlife Service concurred with this recommendation. In July of 2021, officials from the Fish and Wildlife Service told us they are on schedule to implement a new consultation tracking system in September 2021. Fish and Wildlife officials also told us that the new tracking system will contain appropriate internal controls to ensure accurate data. We will review the new system and documentation at that time, and update this recommendation status accordingly.