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As of January 31, 2023, there are 4842 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 473 of these are priority recommendations, those that we believe warrant priority attention. Learn more about our priority designation on our Recommendations page.

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1 - 8 of 8 Recommendations, including 2 Priority Recommendations

Export Controls: Enforcement Agencies Should Better Leverage Information to Target Efforts Involving U.S. Universities

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of FBI should ensure that the appropriate offices assess which, if any, additional risk factors should be considered in identifying universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers, including unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 7)
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The FBI concurred with the recommendation, but it did not provide an action plan for addressing the recommendation. As of July 2022 we had not received an update from the agency concerning actions taken to address the recommendation. We will continue to monitor FBI's progress in implementing this recommendation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of FBI should ensure that the appropriate offices implement a mechanism to periodically assess the relevance and sufficiency of risk factors considered in identifying at-risk universities to address new or evolving threats to U.S. university research, including threats pertaining to sensitive technology transfers and unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 8)
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The FBI concurred with the recommendation, but it did not provide an action plan for addressing the recommendation. As of July 2022 we had not received an update from the agency concerning actions taken to address the recommendation. We will continue to monitor FBI's progress in implementing this recommendation.

Law Enforcement: DOJ Can Improve Publication of Use of Force Data and Oversight of Excessive Force Allegations

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of the FBI should begin to assess potential alternative data collection strategies for the National Use-of-Force Data Collection. (Recommendation 2)
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DOJ concurred with this recommendation. In June 2022, DOJ reported that the FBI National Use-of-Force Data Collection had achieved the 60 percent participation threshold, which allows the collection to continue under the Office of Management and Budget's Terms of Clearance. Once DOJ provides documentation supporting its efforts, we will evaluate the extent to which DOJ has addressed the intent of the recommendation.

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

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of the FBI should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 5)
Open

As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open. The FBI said its Science and Technology Branch has formed an internal working group. The group is evaluating existing facial recognition policy and potential options to help address this recommendation.? According to the FBI, the working group meets weekly, and includes subject matter experts from multiple investigative divisions, and calls on additional participants as necessary.

Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of the FBI should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 6)
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As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open. The FBI said its Science and Technology Branch has formed an internal working group. The group is evaluating existing facial recognition policy and potential options to help address this recommendation.? According to the FBI, the working group meets weekly, and includes subject matter experts from multiple investigative divisions, and calls on additional participants as necessary.

Cybersecurity: Selected Federal Agencies Need to Coordinate on Requirements and Assessments of States

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2 Open Recommendations
2 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The FBI Director should, in collaboration with OMB, solicit input from CMS, IRS, SSA, and state agency stakeholders on revisions to its security policy to ensure that cybersecurity requirements for state agencies are consistent with other federal agencies and NIST guidance to the greatest extent possible. (Recommendation 5)
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The FBI agreed with and has taken steps to partially address this recommendation. As of December 2021, FBI established a Criminal Justice Information Services Policy Modernization Task Force consisting of representatives from CMS and IRS, as well as state agencies, to advise FBI on updates to its cybersecurity requirements. In addition, FBI created a Data Categorization Task Force to review and categorize criminal justice information in accordance with guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Both task forces have met several times and are considering revisions to FBI

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The FBI Director should revise its assessment policies to maximize coordination with other federal agencies to the greatest extent practicable. (Recommendation 7)
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The FBI agreed with and has taken steps to partially address this recommendation. As of December 2021, FBI stated that staff from its Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Audit Unit held several discussions with officials from the CMS, IRS, and SSA to share information on the assessment processes for state agencies, such as, what agencies and data are included in assessments, previous assessment results, and the potential for further coordination of assessment schedules. FBI noted that it expects to hold these discussions biannually. In addition, FBI solicited input from these federal

Rental Housing Assistance: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Criminal History Policies and Implementation of the Fugitive Felon Initiative

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of the FBI should, in collaboration with the HUD OIG, update the Fugitive Felon Initiative MOU to reflect the agencies' current activities and responsibilities. (Recommendation 7)
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The Department of Justice agreed with this recommendation and will take action to update the MOU, in collaboration with the HUD OIG. As of January 2022, the MOU between the OIG and the FBI was in the process of being updated.

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