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Bureau of Prisons: Opportunities Exist to Better Assist Incarcerated People with Obtaining ID Documents Prior to Release

GAO-23-105302
Dec 07, 2022
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5 Open Recommendations
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Bureau of Prisons In developing its new federal ID card, the Director of BOP should identify key stakeholders and leverage their expertise to help ensure that BOP maximizes the potential uses of the ID card. (Recommendation 1)
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Bureau of Prisons The Director of BOP should ensure that BOP policy requires BOP facility staff to record complete and consistent data on whether or not incarcerated people possess each type of ID document. (Recommendation 2)
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Bureau of Prisons The Director of BOP should examine the existing data fields to ensure that the appropriate information is being captured to clearly inform BOP of the number of people who have ID documents at home and choose not to have them sent to BOP facilities, as well as the reasons for not having ID documents. (Recommendation 3)
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Bureau of Prisons Once BOP collects complete and consistent ID data and examines its existing data fields, the Director of BOP should analyze data bureauwide to gain a better understanding of why people do not have certain ID documents and how the agency can take steps to better assist these people. (Recommendation 4)
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Bureau of Prisons The Director of BOP should make changes to the Statement of Work for RRCs to ensure that in future or renegotiated contracts, the RRCs are required to collect and regularly report data to BOP on the number of people obtaining ID documents while residing at RRCs. (Recommendation 5)
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U.S. Courts: The Judiciary Should Improve Its Policies on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Investigations

GAO-23-105942
Nov 16, 2022
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8 Open Recommendations
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should work with the Judicial Conference to ensure that all relevant judicial components with responsibility for addressing fraud, waste, and abuse allegations have established documented processes for addressing such allegations. (Recommendation 1)
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should track, or otherwise ensure that AO is aware of, the documented processes that relevant judicial components have established to address fraud, waste, and abuse allegations. (Recommendation 2)
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should analyze the consistency among the documented processes that relevant judicial components have established to address fraud, waste, and abuse allegations. (Recommendation 3)
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should establish an independent office within AO to carry out the judiciary's fraud, waste, and abuse program and to investigate and resolve fraud, waste, or abuse allegations regarding AO staff and operations. The Director should also ensure that this office does not have other responsibilities outside of fraud, waste, and abuse investigations that create the perception of management participation threats to independence in investigations. (Recommendation 4)
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should work with the Judicial Conference to identify and implement, as appropriate, solutions for ensuring relevant judicial branch components conduct independent fraud, waste, and abuse investigations. (Recommendation 5)
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Administrative Office of the United States Courts The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should update the agency's fraud, waste, and abuse policy and procedures, as appropriate, to provide specific details on how to conduct and document investigations, in alignment with leading investigative guidance. As part of this update, the Director should develop written guidance that specifies what allegation and investigative data should be tracked, and where and how it should be tracked. (Recommendation 6)
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Deaths in Custody: Additional Action Needed to Help Ensure Data Collected by DOJ Are Utilized

GAO-22-106033
Sep 20, 2022
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2 Open Recommendations
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Congress Congress should consider the extent to which DCRA should be amended to help ensure that any future state data provided under the act are utilized for recurring study and reporting by DOJ to Congress and the public. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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Office of Justice Programs The Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs should develop a DOJ implementation plan—that includes documentation of metrics and corresponding performance targets, and identifies roles and responsibilities for taking corrective action—to determine state compliance with DCRA. (Recommendation 1)
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Additional Actions Needed to Manage Fraud Risks

GAO-22-105328
Sep 19, 2022
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6 Open Recommendations
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should identify the factors that affect FDNS's workload to ensure the staffing model's assumptions reflect operating conditions. (Recommendation 1)
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should develop and implement additional guidance on FDNS data entry practices for fields used as staffing model inputs to ensure consistency and produce quality and reliable data. (Recommendation 2)
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should develop and implement a process—including clearly defining roles and responsibilities—for regularly conducting fraud risk assessments and documenting fraud risk profiles for the immigration benefits USCIS is responsible for adjudicating. (Recommendation 3)
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should develop and implement a process for developing and regularly updating an antifraud strategy that is aligned to the agency's fraud risk assessments. (Recommendation 4)
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should develop and implement a process—including clearly defining roles and responsibilities—for risk-based evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of antifraud activities. (Recommendation 5)
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services The Director of USCIS should develop outcome-oriented performance metrics, including baselines and targets as appropriate, to monitor the effectiveness of its antifraud activities. (Recommendation 6)
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