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Federal Protective Service: More Collaboration on Hiring and Additional Performance Information Needed

GAO-23-105361
Dec 15, 2022
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2 Open Recommendations
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Office of the Under Secretary The Under Secretary for Management should direct OCHCO and FPS to strengthen mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and agreement on hiring processes and document their agreements accordingly. (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.
Federal Protective Service The Director of FPS should fully develop performance measures for each strategic objective in its strategic plan and ensure that each of these measures has a related performance target. (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.

Disaster Recovery: Actions Needed to Improve the Federal Approach

GAO-23-104956
Nov 15, 2022
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Congress Congress should consider establishing an independent commission to recommend reforms to the federal government's approach to disaster recovery, which may include the options identified in this report. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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When we confirm what steps have been taken in response to this matter, we will provide updated information.
Federal Emergency Management Agency The FEMA Administrator should, in consultation with the Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, identify and take steps to better manage fragmentation between its disaster recovery programs and other federal programs, including consideration of the options identified in this report. If FEMA determines that it needs authority for actions that it seeks to implement, it should request that authority from Congress. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of Homeland Security agreed with this recommendation and stated that FEMA is coordinating with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation to identify specific actions. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should, in consultation with the Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, identify and take steps to better manage fragmentation between its disaster recovery programs and other federal programs, including consideration of the options identified in this report. If HUD determines that it needs authority for actions that it seeks to implement, it should request that authority from Congress. (Recommendation 2)
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development agreed with this recommendation and indicated they would consider the options in our report as they examine ways to streamline disaster assistance across programs. They estimated completing this review by December 2023. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should, in consultation with the Recovery Support Function Leadership Group, identify and take steps to better manage fragmentation between its disaster recovery programs and other federal programs, including consideration of the options identified in this report. If DOT determines that it needs authority for actions that it seeks to implement, it should request that authority from Congress. (Recommendation 3)
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The Department of Transportation agreed with this recommendation When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Federal Emergency Management Agency The FEMA Administrator should identify and take steps to better manage fragmentation across its disaster recovery programs, including consideration of the options identified in this report. If FEMA determines that it needs authority for actions that it seeks to implement, it should request that authority from Congress. (Recommendation 4)
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The Department of Homeland Security agreed with this recommendation and stated that FEMA will examine ways to streamline its disaster assistance programs. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

China: Efforts Underway to Address Technology Transfer Risk at U.S. Universities, but ICE Could Improve Related Data

GAO-23-106114
Nov 15, 2022
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should establish milestones for completing the assessment required by NSPM-33 section 4(d)(ii). (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 Immigration and Customs Enforcement The Director of ICE should take steps to improve employer information in SEVIS or otherwise update the records of foreign students approved for OPT as appropriate. (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.

Aviation Security: TSA Should Assess Potential for Discrimination and Better Inform Passengers of the Complaint Process

GAO-23-105201
Nov 07, 2022
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4 Open Recommendations
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Transportation Security Administration The Administrator of TSA should collect additional data on passenger referrals for additional screening. (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.
Transportation Security Administration The Administrator of TSA should conduct assessments to determine the extent to which TSA's passenger screening practices comply with agency non-discrimination policies to identify any needed actions to improve compliance. (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.
Transportation Security Administration The Administrator of TSA should take additional actions to better inform passengers about TSA's discrimination complaint process. (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 Administrator of TSA should strengthen TSA's ability to analyze passenger discrimination complaints, including improving the collection and tracking of complaints data, to help inform training, procedures, and other initiatives. (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.
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