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Recent advancements in facial recognition technology have increased its accuracy and its usage. Our earlier work has included examinations of its use by federal law enforcement, at ports of entry, and in commercial settings.
An executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to plan, design, and construct additional barriers along the southwest border in Jan. 2017. Private landowners own a portion of the land that the government needs to construct the barriers.
Increasingly sophisticated threats underscore the need to bolster the cybersecurity of the nation—a topic on our High Risk List.
We and others have noted an urgent need to clearly define a central leadership role to coordinate government efforts.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest border more than doubled to 850,000 from FY 2018 to 2019.
CBP hired a contractor to put up a temporary facility in Tornillo, Texas, capable of holding 2,500.
Extreme weather related to climate change potentially threatens utilities that produce drinking water and treat wastewater.
We examined federal technical and financial assistance to make such infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather and asked experts about additional options.
Federal agencies are increasingly using cloud computing services. Cloud computing offers benefits but also poses cybersecurity risks. OMB requires agencies to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to authorize their use of cloud services.
Did you know that GAO saved a record $214.7 billion for taxpayers in FY 2019? That's a return of about $338 for every dollar of our budget. We did it by recommending such things as preventing payment errors, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs, and preventing fraud.
The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security have formed task forces to combat the flow of illicit drugs into the United States. Among other things, these task forces may help coordinate the counterdrug efforts of military and federal law enforcement agencies.