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As of February 1, 2023, there are 4825 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 464 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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Capitol Attack: The Capitol Police Need Clearer Emergency Procedures and a Comprehensive Security Risk Assessment Process

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Capitol Police The Chief of the Capitol Police should finalize and document its procedures for obtaining outside assistance in an emergency that, for example, clearly detail roles and responsibilities. (Recommendation 3)
Open

As of August 2022, the Chief of the Capitol Police informed GAO that the Command and Coordination Bureau is in the process of developing an All-hazards/Emergency Operations Plan. This plan is intended to incorporate an Emergency Action Plan that will define the roles for responding agencies. Once finalized, GAO will review the plan to determine if it is responsive to GAO's recommendation.

U.S. Capitol Police The Chief of the Capitol Police should finalize the development of a comprehensive, documented risk management process that includes elements called for by the ISC standard, such as clearly assessing the risk of each applicable undesirable event and considering a comprehensive list of countermeasures. (Recommendation 4)
Open

As of August 2022, Chief of the Capitol Police informed GAO that the department had begun formalizing its Risk Management Process using the ISC standards. Part of these actions include having Interagency Security Committee (ISC) staff provide Risk Management Process training and creating a new Security Coordination Division. The Capitol Police plan to request fiscal year 2024 funding to procure a new Facility Security Assessment tool which will incorporate standards and best practices from the ISC and the Department of Defense. Once the new assessment tool has been implemented, GAO will assess

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

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
U.S. Capitol Police The Chief of Police, U.S. Capitol Police, should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 25)
Open – Partially Addressed

In December 2021, the U.S. Capitol Police reported that it does not possess facial recognition software nor have access to similar software through a third-party vendor; however, the agency said that personnel may use the technology to increase the solvability of investigations. In March 2022, the agency said it issued interim guidance outlining protocols employees must adhere to when requesting the use of facial recognition technology. These protocols include, for example, submitting an email to a direct supervisor explaining the need for facial recognition and a copy of the image in question

U.S. Capitol Police The Chief of Police, U.S. Capitol Police, should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 26)
Open

In March 2022, U.S. Capitol Police reported that it issued interim guidance outlining protocols employees must adhere to when requesting the use of facial recognition technology. These protocols require agents responsible for investigations to document the use of facial recognition in its records management system, which according to the agency, captures the information for tracking purposes. The agency said that it expects to finalize the interim guidance in December 2022, and that it will assess risks of facial recognition systems after completing the guidance document. As of November 2022

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