The part of the Voting Rights Act that requires some states to seek federal preapproval for changes to voting rules is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled (.pdf) June 25 in a 5-4 decision.
The General Services Administration claims it saved $200 million on purchases of common offices supplies through its Office Supplies Second Generation program, a June 21 GSA statement says. Through the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, GSA has awarded fifteen Blanket Purchase Agreements for OS2, the statement says.
Intelligence community and Justice Department officials took to a rare open hearing of the House Intelligence Committee to defend surveillance programs, with National Security Agency head Gen. Keith Alexander stating that intercepted information has helped prevent more than 50 potential terrorist attacks across the globe since Sept. 11, 2001. Ten of those, he said during the June 18 hearing, "included homeland-based threats"
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has suffered without a Senate-confirmed leader since 2006, said B. Todd Jones, the ATF's acting director, as a Senate panel considered his nomination to be the director on a permanent basis.
An annual Justice Department Office of Information Policy report on agency Freedom of Information Act request processing shows mixed results when it comes to records releases. Data in the report also shows a decrease over the past 2 years in the percentage of completely unredacted records and an increase in the number of redacted records.
The Homeland Security and Justice departments were the worst at estimating the actual cost of relocating radio systems away from a band auctioned off to the private sector, shows data from a Government Accountability Office report.
The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona violated Justice Department policy when he shared an internal memorandum with a Fox News reporter, the DOJ office of inspector general says in a new report, released amid new revelations about the prosecution of a State Department contractor who also allegedly leaked information to a reporter.
CAMBRIDGE, Md.--Radical budget cuts amounting to about a 50 percent reduction over 4 years forced Customs and Border Protection to use shared and cloud services to a degree previously unthinkable, said CBP Chief Technology Officer Wolfe Tombe while speaking during a panel session of the annual ACT-IAC Management of Change conference.
The federal witness protection program has taken in individuals considered known or suspected terrorists, but program officials didn't share the new identities of those individuals with national security stakeholders, a new report from the Justice Department office of inspector general says.
The Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as energy secretary on May 16 by a 97-0 vote. Moniz, previously a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was nominated in March to replace Steven Chu, also a former physics professor.