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COVID-19: Improvements Needed in Guidance and Stakeholder Engagement for Immigration Courts

GAO-21-104404
Aug 31, 2021
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4 Open Recommendations
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Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should issue guidance for EOIR staff and visitors on mask-wearing requirements that is tailored to immigration courtrooms. (Recommendation 1)
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We provided a draft of this report to the Department of Justice for review and comment. In response, DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review stated that the agency concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should update EOIR's internal guidance for responding to COVID-19 exposures in immigration courts to reflect current processes and criteria used in decision-making. (Recommendation 2)
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We provided a draft of this report to the Department of Justice for review and comment. In response, DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review stated that the agency concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should distribute the updated internal guidance on responding to COVID-19 exposures in immigration courts to all staff at EOIR headquarters and immigration courts. (Recommendation 3)
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We provided a draft of this report to the Department of Justice for review and comment. In response, DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review stated that the agency concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Executive Office for Immigration Review The EOIR Director should take additional steps to ensure that the agency regularly engages with court stakeholders about matters affecting court operations and their health and safety. (Recommendation 4)
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We provided a draft of this report to the Department of Justice for review and comment. In response, DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review stated that the agency concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Bureau of Prisons: BOP Could Further Enhance its COVID-19 Response by Capturing and Incorporating Lessons Learned

GAO-21-502
Jul 29, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Bureau of Prisons The Director of BOP should routinely evaluate how it communicates its COVID-19 guidance to facility staff and modify its approach, as needed, based on the results to ensure BOP protocols are clearly communicated to staff. (Recommendation 1)
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BOP concurred with this recommendation and, as of September 2021, stated that it continues to evaluate its communications with staff and modify its approach as appropriate. However, BOP's efforts to date have focused on evaluating the content of its COVID-19 guidance and making updates, rather than evaluating the way in which BOP is communicating its guidance to staff. We will continue to monitor BOP's efforts as it works to implement the recommendation.
Bureau of Prisons The Director of BOP should develop and implement an approach to capture and share best practices and lessons learned for responding to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies as discussed among BOP officials at their regular teleconferences. (Recommendation 2)
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BOP concurred with this recommendation and, as of September 2021, BOP officials stated that they have begun to develop an approach to capture and share best practices and lessons learned. We will continue to monitor BOP's efforts as it develops and implements its approach.
Bureau of Prisons The Director of BOP should develop and implement an approach for ensuring its facilities are applying, as appropriate, best practices and lessons learned related to COVID-19 and future public health emergency response efforts. (Recommendation 3)
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BOP concurred with this recommendation and, as of September 2021, BOP officials stated that it is developing an approach to ensure its facilities are applying appropriate best practices and lessons learned. We will continue to monitor BOP's efforts as it develops and implements its approach.

Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

GAO-21-518
Jun 29, 2021
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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of Justice concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 2)
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The Department of Justice concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Drug Enforcement Administration The Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 3)
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The Department of Justice concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Drug Enforcement Administration The Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 4)
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The Department of Justice concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of the FBI should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 5)
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The FBI concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director of the FBI should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 6)
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The FBI concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Native American Cultural Resources: Improved Information Could Enhance Agencies' Efforts to Analyze and Respond to Risks of Theft and Damage

GAO-21-110
Apr 05, 2021
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7 Open Recommendations
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Chief of the Forest Service to take steps to identify and obtain the information needed to target its efforts for analyzing and addressing risks to Native American cultural resources and share any promising practices with the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. (Recommendation 1)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Department of Defense The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works should direct the Chief of Engineers and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take steps to identify and obtain the information needed to target its efforts for analyzing and addressing risks to Native American cultural resources and share any promising practices with the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. (Recommendation 2)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Tennessee Valley Authority The Chief Executive Officer of the TVA should take steps to identify and obtain the information it needs to take steps to identify and obtain the information needed to target its efforts for analyzing and addressing risks to Native American cultural resources and share any promising practices with the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. (Recommendation 3)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Director of BIA to take steps to identify and obtain the information needed to target its efforts for analyzing and addressing risks to Native American cultural resources and share any promising practices with the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. (Recommendation 4)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Director of BLM to take steps to identify and obtain the information needed to target its efforts for analyzing and addressing risks to Native American cultural resources and share any promising practices with the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. (Recommendation 5)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Director of FWS to take steps to identify and obtain the information needed to target its efforts for analyzing and addressing risks to Native American cultural resources and share any promising practices with the Departmental Consulting Archeologist. (Recommendation 6)
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As of April 2021, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it when we receive information.
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