A federal judge ordered (.pdf) in November the case to go to public bench trial. Ibrahim, an observant Muslim who wears a hijab, seeks her removal from the watchlist. She is also suing under the First Amendment, asserting that the government burdened her exercise of religion.
The White House supports a letter to the Federal Communications Commission from the Justice Department's Antitrust Division saying that the FCC should consider imposing caps on the two largest carriers' participation in an upcoming spectrum auction should the agency determine they could gain an unfair market advantage.
President Obama nominated John Roth to be the Homeland Security Department's inspector general Nov. 21. Roth currently heads the Food and Drug Administration's office of criminal investigations and has also served in the Justice Department.
The Justice Department undercounts incidences of rape and sexual assault in its National Crime Victimization Survey and should establish a separate survey to measure those crimes, a Nov. 19 National Research Council report says. The NCVS is conducted by DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics on an ongoing basis to obtain information on a broad set of crimes from the victims rather than the police.
Only one agency--the Education Department--has met all the requirements the Office of Management and Budget established for the PortfolioStat process, a Government Accountability Office report says.
Intelligence officials pushed back against proposals to end the bulk storage of telephony metadata, telling a Nov. 4 oversight panel that limiting metadata collection to cases when the records can be tied to particular individuals would make counterterrorism efforts more difficult.
Between 2005 and 2010, the U.S. Marshal Service spent nearly $800,000 on promotional swag such crystal statues, scars and Christmas ornaments due to lax oversight, a Nov. 5 Justice Department inspector general report says. The IG found the USMS Investigative Operations Division spent at least $793,118 on promotional items that these expenditures were excessive and, in some instances, in contravention of department policies.
The man charged with the Friday murder of a Transportation Security Administration screener at Los Angeles International Airport and the injuring of two other screeners and a passenger reportedly carried a handwritten note expressing his desire to kill "TSA and pigs."
IBM has dropped its legal case against the CIA's award of a cloud computing contract to Amazon Web Services, with Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler granting on Oct. 29 the company's motion to withdraw an earlier motion to stay his ruling that the CIA didn't misevaluate bid proposals.
Freedom of Information Act processing at many agencies has been delayed because the majority of FOIA professionals were furloughed as non-excepted employees during the government's 16-day shutdown. Unfortunately, the FOIA statute does not address government shutdowns, writes Kristen Mitchell, a facilitator at the National Archives and Records Administration's office of government information services, in an Oct. 24 blog post.