The Justice Department report (.pdf), obtained and put online by Secrecy News , shows the vast majority of the applications put before the court included--whether exclusively or as part of a combined request including a physical search--electronic surveillance. The government withdrew one application and the court made modifications to 40 proposed orders.
Federal prisons can release inmates early under the compassionate-release program, for reasons such as terminal illness, but the criteria for decisions are vague and inconsistent, a report from the Justice Department office of inspector general says. That results in "ad hoc decision making" at the Bureau of Prisons, the report says.
Federal information technology executives spoke on a panel at the TechAmerica CIO Insights event, May 2 in Washington, D.C.
Advances in cellphone networks make a legal distinction between cellular location tracking through the network and through GPS increasingly obsolete, said cybersecurity researcher Matt Blaze during an April 25 congressional hearing. "It is no longer valid to assume that the cell sector recorded by the network will give only an approximate indication of a user's location," he said.
The Senate Judiciary approved April 25 a bill that would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 by requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing any online email or other stored electronic communication.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be treated as an "enemy combatant" following his April 19 apprehension and subsequent hospitalization, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," Carney said, adding that the courts system had proven many times its ability to handle terrorist cases.
Five months after Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize marijuana, the Justice Department still has yet to decide what to do in response, and Attorney General Eric Holder indicated April 18 that no decision was near.
The FBI requests $8.44 billion to for fiscal 2014, according to a FBI budget request summary (.pdf). That's 0.92 percent less than the 2013 estimated budget of $8.18 billion, when adjusted for White House-projected inflation. The request includes $81 million for construction and $8.36 billion for salaries and expenses, funding 34,787 positions, agents accounting for 13,082 of the total.
The Environmental Protection Agency will furlough about 17,000 employees for 4 non-consecutive days starting April 21. The first phase of furloughs will run from April 21 to June 15 at which point the EPA will reassess to see if more days are needed. The Internal Revenue Service plans to furlough workers up to 7 days due to sequestration cuts after tax season ends.
A group of technology company associations say a provision in the continuing resolution funding the government through the rest of the fiscal year that requires some federal agencies to certify a national interest before purchasing any technology made by a company with any direct ties to the Chinese government is counterproductive.