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In Sept. 2014, an intruder jumped a fence, passed several layers of security, evaded U.S. Secret Service personnel, and entered the White House before being detained.
In Dec. 2014, an independent panel of experts made 19 recommendations for improvements to the Secret Service.
FEMA has long been tasked with the difficult job of leading the federal response to natural disasters. We testified about challenges facing its workforce.
The frequency of disasters is increasing but FEMA has staffing shortages.
Natural disasters can be devastating for K-12 schools—especially in areas where people were already vulnerable.
Most school districts that received key federal recovery grants in the wake of 2017-2019 disasters had higher than average proportions of students from socially vulnerable groups (e.
Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can provide temporary protection from removal for certain noncitizens who came to the United States before age 16.
Ships that transport liquefied natural gas and other highly combustible gases could pose safety and environmental risks. The U.S. Coast Guard is required to conduct compliance exams for these gas carriers annually, but a shortage of about 400 marine inspectors sometimes leads to exam delays.
The Department of Homeland Security and its contractors collect and maintain large amounts of personally identifiable information (PII)—such as a person's date of birth and social security number.
DHS has developed policies to ensure that its contractors protect PII.
Some disaster survivors—specifically people living in low-income neighborhoods or rural isolated areas, people of color, and people with disabilities—have problems accessing disaster assistance programs and recovery resources.
The Department of Homeland Security is required by law to report annually on 43 specific measures of border security effectiveness. We regularly assess the quality of its reports.
DHS reported on more of the metrics—37 out of the 43—in its 2019 report than it has previously.