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GAO: State Must Work with UN to Improve Peacekeeping Operations

The United States is the single largest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, contributing an estimated $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2018. However, in many cases these operations do not fully meet U.S. principles for effective peacekeeping, which include host country consent and an exit strategy. Keep Reading

CBP Expands Public-Private Partnerships

As of December 2018, CBP reported that it had completed data collection as called for in the plan, and was analyzing results. CBP expects to issue internally an assessment report for the RSP and DAP based on this analysis in April 2019, and then on an annual basis. Keep Reading

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GAO: Significant Attention Needed on ‘High-Risk’ National Cybersecurity

The risks to systems underpinning the nation’s critical infrastructure are increasing as security threats evolve and become more sophisticated. Since 2010, GAO has made over 3,000 recommendations to agencies aimed at addressing cybersecurity shortcomings. Although many recommendations have been addressed, about 700 have not yet been implemented. Keep Reading

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GAO Adds Government Personnel Security Clearance to High-Risk List

A faulty security clearance process has the potential to become a national security threat. GAO says the government personnel security clearance process faces significant challenges related to processing clearances in a timely fashion, measuring investigation quality, and ensuring information technology security.  Keep Reading

GAO: Actions Needed to Maintain a Trained Cyber Mission Force

GAO found that CYBERCOM has taken a number of steps to develop its CMF teams. However, as of November 2018, many of the 133 CMF teams that initially reported achieving full operational capability no longer had the full complement of trained personnel, and therefore did not meet CYBERCOM's readiness standards. Keep Reading

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GAO: EPA Delayed Assessments of Harmful Chemicals

The EPA has faced criticism for delaying work on chemicals like formaldehyde, which is listed as a probable human carcinogen, and a Government Accountability Office report now confirms EPA leadership delayed assessments of toxic chemicals for months in 2018 and ultimately slashed the number of chemicals being assessed. Keep Reading

GAO: DHS Should Improve CFATS Information Sharing with First Responders

Thousands of facilities across the United States contain hazardous chemicals that could be used by terrorists to inflict mass casualties or harm surrounding populations. DHS established the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program to identify and assess the security risk posed by chemical facilities. Keep Reading

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