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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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased use of remote education, K-12 schools across the nation have increasingly reported ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.
Federal agencies offer products and services to help schools prevent and respond to cyberattacks.
Disasters affect hundreds of American communities each year and cause billions of dollars in damage. While federal recovery assistance is available, many disaster survivors face barriers in accessing this assistance.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps flood hazard areas to help guide the National Flood Insurance Program and the flood mitigation efforts of property owners, community planners, insurers, and others. (The insurance program is on our High Risk List.
Dangerous radioactive material is used in many medical and industrial applications. But, if it ends up in the wrong hands, it could be used in a dirty bomb.
Replacing technologies that use radioactive materials with safer alternatives can protect people and reduce potential financial costs.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services processes millions of applications and petitions from noncitizens who want to temporarily stay or live in the country, obtain work authorization, or become U.S. citizens.