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Coast Guard: Enhanced Safety Oversight Needed for Fish Tender Vessels

GAO-24-106729
Feb 20, 2024
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3 Open Recommendations
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United States Coast Guard The Deputy Commandant for Mission Support should assess the feasibility of updating the Coast Guard's system of record for commercial fishing industry vessels to capture multiple service types for commercial fishing industry vessels and, if feasible, implement the changes. (Recommendation 1)
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United States Coast Guard The Deputy Commandant for Operations should fully assess the safety risks posed to fish tender vessels without a load line that may participate in any proposed alternative compliance program. (Recommendation 2)
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United States Coast Guard The Deputy Commandant for Operations should clearly identify the legal basis for any proposed alternative compliance program for fish tender vessels without a load line. (Recommendation 3)
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DHS Employee Misconduct: Actions Needed to Better Assess Differences in Supervisor and Non-Supervisor Discipline

GAO-24-105820
Feb 14, 2024
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6 Open Recommendations
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United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should revise CBP's disciplinary policies to ensure they collectively document the disciplinary adjudication process for all employees, including non-bargaining unit employees. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Customs and Border Protection The Commissioner of CBP should require LER supervisors to consistently use its training materials for training new LER specialists. (Recommendation 2)
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should develop and implement a process to periodically monitor and analyze misconduct data to identify and address potential trends in misconduct. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure that the DHS Misconduct Governance Board clarifies its guidance to detail expectations for components to report misconduct data to OCHCO for analysis, to include definitions of key terms and explanations for reporting complete and consistent information. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure that the DHS Misconduct Governance Board requires components to report data on supervisory status to OCHCO. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure that OCHCO periodically analyzes components' misconduct data by supervisory status, including assessing for differences in disciplinary outcomes and identifying appropriate action DHS or components could take in response. (Recommendation 6)
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Surface Transportation Threats: Better Communication with Stakeholders Needed about the Security Clearance Process

GAO-24-106382
Feb 07, 2024
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4 Open Recommendations
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Transportation Security Administration The TSA Administrator, in coordination with DHS I&A, CISA, and DHS's Office of the Chief Security Officer, should implement a communications approach that conveys consistent and accurate information to TSA staff who interact with surface transportation stakeholders about how those stakeholders access the security clearance application process. At minimum, the approach should aim to ensure accurate information about which DHS entities initiate applications for surface transportation stakeholders, whether there is a maximum number of clearances that could be granted, and what type of employees are eligible. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Homeland Security The DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, in coordination with TSA, CISA, and DHS's Office of the Chief Security Officer, should implement a communications approach that conveys consistent and accurate information to DHS I&A staff who interact with surface transportation stakeholders about how those stakeholders access the security clearance application process. At minimum, the approach should aim to ensure accurate information about which DHS entities initiate applications for surface transportation stakeholders, whether there is a maximum number of clearances that could be granted, and what type of employees are eligible. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency The CISA Director, in coordination with DHS I&A, TSA, and DHS's Office of the Chief Security Officer, should implement a communications approach that conveys consistent and accurate information to CISA staff who interact with surface transportation stakeholders about how those stakeholders access the security clearance application process. At minimum, the approach should aim to ensure accurate information about which DHS entities initiate applications for surface transportation stakeholders, whether there is a maximum number of clearances that could be granted, and what type of employees are eligible. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Transportation Security Administration The TSA Administrator, in coordination with DHS I&A, CISA, and DHS's Office of the Chief Security Officer, should implement a communications approach that conveys consistent and accurate information to surface transportation stakeholders about how they access the security clearance application process. At minimum, the approach should aim to ensure accurate information about which DHS entities initiate applications for surface transportation stakeholders, whether there is a maximum number of clearances that could be granted, and what type of employees are eligible. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Homeland Security: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Joint Task Forces

GAO-24-106855
Feb 07, 2024
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4 Open Recommendations
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the Office of the Military Advisor develops and documents criteria for establishing a joint task force. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the Office of the Military Advisor develops and documents criteria for terminating a joint task force. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the Office of the Military Advisor, as it finalizes performance measures for Joint Task Force-East, establishes targets for those measures, as required. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure the Office of the Military Advisor develops and documents the methodology used in establishing the performance measures for Joint Task Force-East. (Recommendation 4)
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