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Alternatives to Detention: ICE Needs to Better Assess Program Performance and Improve Contract Oversight

GAO-22-104529
Jun 22, 2022
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10 Open Recommendations
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should develop a mechanism for ERO to record the completion of ATD supervision reviews. (Recommendation 1)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should regularly monitor the information on ATD supervision reviews to ensure that the reviews occur according to policy. (Recommendation 2)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should establish performance goals with measurable targets for the ATD program that cover core program activities and participant outcomes. (Recommendation 3)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should include information on absconsions relative to the population of both active and unenrolled participants when externally reporting absconsion information for the ATD program. (Recommendation 4)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should consistently explain ICE's methodology for calculating absconsion statistics when externally reporting absconsion information for the ATD program. (Recommendation 5)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should ensure that its oversight activities collect the information needed to assess all performance standards in the contract. (Recommendation 6)
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Export Controls: Enforcement Agencies Should Better Leverage Information to Target Efforts Involving U.S. Universities

GAO-22-105727
Jun 14, 2022
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8 Open Recommendations
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that the Under Secretary for Industry and Security identifies relevant risk factors and analyzes this information to identify universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers, including unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that the Under Secretary for Industry and Security shares the results of any analyses aimed at identifying U.S. universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers, including unauthorized deemed exports, with EE field offices. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Commerce The Secretary of Commerce should ensure that the Under Secretary for Industry and Security implements a mechanism to periodically assess the relevance and sufficiency of risk factors used for prioritizing universities for outreach to address new or evolving threats to U.S. university research, including threats pertaining to sensitive technology transfers and unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 3)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should assess which, if any, additional risk factors are relevant for identifying universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers, including unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 4)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should implement a mechanism to periodically assess the relevance and sufficiency of risk factors considered in identifying at-risk universities to address new or evolving threats to U.S. university research, including threats pertaining to sensitive technology transfers and unauthorized deemed exports. (Recommendation 5)
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should share with field offices the results of any analyses aimed at identifying U.S. universities at greater risk for sensitive technology transfers. (Recommendation 6)
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Border Patrol: Actions Needed to Improve Checkpoint Oversight and Data

GAO-22-104568
Jun 06, 2022
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7 Open Recommendations
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U.S. Border Patrol The Chief of Border Patrol should ensure that sectors and the Checkpoint Program Management Office (CPMO) are overseeing that checkpoint activity data are consistently and accurately recorded. This should include (but not be limited to) overseeing data on apprehensions of smuggled people, canine assists with drug seizures, seizures of trace amounts of marijuana, non-drug property seizures, and attempted checkpoint circumventions. (Recommendation 1)
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U.S. Border Patrol The Chief of Border Patrol should ensure that Border Patrol uses its data system to document information about all people for whom a checkpoint encounter leads to a subsequent enforcement action. (Recommendation 2)
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U.S. Border Patrol The Chief of Border Patrol should require checkpoints with license plate readers to document secondary inspections by using the Border Enforcement Secondary Tool as intended. (Recommendation 3)
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U.S. Border Patrol The Chief of Border Patrol should provide sustained oversight of CPMO and hold it accountable for implementing its checkpoint oversight activities. (Recommendation 4)
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U.S. Border Patrol The Chief of Border Patrol should ensure that CPMO is consistently and adequately staffed. (Recommendation 5)
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U.S. Border Patrol The Chief of Border Patrol should update CPMO's roles and responsibilities and communicate them across Border Patrol, including to sectors. (Recommendation 6)
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Coast Guard IT: Actions Needed to Improve Processes for Overseeing Non-Major Acquisition Programs

GAO-22-104707
May 26, 2022
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3 Open Recommendations
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United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure the Coast Guard Component Acquisition Executive revises the Coast Guard's Non-Major Acquisition Program Manual or the Level 3 Non-Major Acquisition Program Governance Form to provide clarity on how to evaluate risk factors as low, medium, or high when designating non-major acquisition programs. (Recommendation 1)
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United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure the Coast Guard Component Acquisition Executive takes action, such as clearly communicating how non-major acquisition programs should: (1) establish and revise baseline cost and schedule goals, including specifying the dollar type and required schedule events, pursuant to DHS policy, and (2) communicate accurate and consistent baseline information in annual briefings. (Recommendation 2)
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United States Coast Guard The Commandant of the Coast Guard should ensure the Coast Guard Component Acquisition Executive, in coordination with DHS's Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management revises the Coast Guard's non-major breach policy to specify that programs that fail to meet their cost, schedule, or performance goals are considered to be in breach status. (Recommendation 3)
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