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Inspector General Reveals That Secret Service Radio System Is Out-Of-Date

Posted on February05, 2016
A recent report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) revealed that the radio communication system used by the Secret Service is out-of-date. Radio systems are critical to the day-to-day protective operations of Secret Service, making 100 percent operational success imperative. However, DHS OIG’s testing revealed “inherent radio limitations” and “unclear transmissions,” which could lead to a communications failure in an emergency. The exact age of the current radio infrastructure was redacted from the report.…
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TSA Under Scrutiny from DHS Inspector General

Posted on May16, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to discuss "Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?" Three witnesses offered their opinions on the current state of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). All witnesses were concerned the the agency was not meeting current expectations. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth discussed audits conducted that repeatedly find "vulnerabilities caused by human and technology based failures." He made a strong point that "TSA faces a…
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Green Card Program Under Investigation by DHS IG

Posted on February16, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has been investigating a program that allows foreign nationals to receive visas or Green Cards by investing in approved American business ventures. The program is known as EB-5 and was previously run by Alijandro Mayorkas. Critics cite the ability to buy visas and Green Cards as a threat to national security and unfair to those immigrants who can't afford the high price tag of $500,000 to $1,000,000. An ABC news investigation turned up…
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DHS OIG Releases Report on FEMA Response to Hurricanes

Posted on January05, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security's OIG released a report stating that the federal government overpaid for disaster recovery after hurricanes in Florida by potentially $177.2 million. The audit tracked payments made following seven hurricanes in Florida from 2004-2005. The OIG found that the Florida department of FEMA that handled the disaster claims "did an inadequate job reviewing insurance plans, providing funds for damages that insurance should have covered." The audit also concluded that the Florida Recovery Office knew that private…
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Former DHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Sentenced to Prison

Posted on December18, 2014
A former agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General has been sentenced to three years in prison following a 2013 indictment in Texas for falsifying records and obstruction of justice. The indictment came after a September 2011 internal inspection of the McAllen Field Office. Prior to the inspection, Special Agent in Charge Eugenio Pedraza instructed subordinates to "engage in a scheme to falsify documents in open criminal investigative case files, including numerous investigations in…
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DHS Inspector General Embraces Continuous Monitoring

Posted on July16, 2014
When Jaime Vargas with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General agreed to share how his office is faring in the security realm, FedTech jumped at the opportunity. Jaime Vargas, chief information security officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General. Read the entire article at FedTech Magazine
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Desire Street Ministries project dinged by federal inspector general

Posted on July02, 2014
Upended by Hurricane Katrina, Desire Street Ministries hoped it could return to New Orleans through the aid of a $10.1 million federal disaster grant it received in 2009. With that money, the nonprofit has plans to build a "community wellness center" where its school once stood on Desire Parkway. Desire Street so far has only spent $1.8 million of its $10.1 million grant. Read entire article at The Times-Picayune
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Homeland Security tops FISMA scorecard. How do they do it?

Posted on June25, 2014
Over the past 18 months, the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General has established a system of continuous monitoring that's kept the multi-faceted agency at the top of the government’s list of performers in federal IT security standards compliance. The system recently was recognized by ISC2 with a Government Information Security Leadership Award. Read the entire article at GCN.com
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Internal government watchdog system broken, experts say

Posted on May16, 2014
The Senate report indicates that at least one of the allegations in the OSC letter was potentially criminal -- that Edwards permanently deleted 51 days of his emails between Feb. and March 2012 in connection with an “ongoing DOJ investigation of an [Office of Inspector General] field office. ” The nature of the DOJ investigation of the OIG office is unclear in the report. Read entire article at The Washington Examiner
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Homeland Security Inspector General: ‘80 Percent Increase’ in Cross-Border Tunnels Since 2008

Posted on November09, 2012
In its final report on Customs and Border Protection’s strategy to address illicit cross-border tunnels issued Sept. 26, 2012, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security said there has been an 80 percent increase in the “tunnel activity” since 2008. “Since 1990, law enforcement officials have discovered more than 140 tunnels that have breached the U.S. border, with an 80 percent increase in tunnel activity occurring since 2008,” the report stated in its executive summary. Charles…
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