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As of January 31, 2023, there are 4839 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 470 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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Grants Management: Interior Should Improve the Award Process for Some Competitive Grant Programs

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should issue a memorandum reinforcing the need for grant programs to include criteria and weights in funding announcements and evaluate applications using those standards. (Recommendation 1)
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Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

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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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As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials said they have temporarily suspended employee use of non-federal facial recognition technology. In addition, FWS officials said the Department of the Interior is drafting department-wide guidance on facial recognition technology which, once implemented, will allow FWS to update its own facial recognition policy and address this recommendation. FWS did not provide an estimated completion date.

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