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We have issued 11 annual reports on federal programs with fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative goals or activities. In those reports, we suggested hundreds of ways to address those problems, reduce costs, or boost revenue. Our most recent report is from May 2021.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security can designate planned events as "special events" to bolster security and improve coordination with government entities.
There were reported efforts to organize protests in Washington leading up to the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
The supply chain for information and communication technologies can be an access point for hackers. Compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software, for example, was sent to an estimated 18,000 customers.
In 2018, substances related to fentanyl—a very potent synthetic opioid—were temporarily classified as "Schedule I." This designated them as illicit drugs with high abuse potential and no medical use.
This classification has likely affected research, law enforcement, and more.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is responsible for protecting more than 9,000 federal buildings and ensuring the safety of the people within them. FPS is completely funded by the fees it charges agencies for its services.