If the United States and its partners don't reveal the details on their own, over time, "chances are that the truth will emerge by other means to embarrass them," the report says. At least 136 people have been subjected to secret CIA detention and extraordinary rendition, the report says, and more than 50 countries may have participated.
Homeland security education is valuable at the graduate level where matters such as strategic collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making can be taught to practitioners already in the field, argues a paper from two academic consultants in the February edition of Homeland Security Affairs.
Government fiscal reform needs to come in the form of accountability, prioritizing by need and training if long term success is to be seen, witnesses told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a hearing Tuesday, witnesses outlined various waste and changes that could be made while offering different thoughts on sequestration-level cuts of roughly 10 to 15 percent.
Problems with the Veterans Benefits Management System are hindering Veterans Affairs Department efforts to eliminate its backlog of disability claims and to increase the accuracy rate of claims processing to 98 percent by 2015, says a Feb. 4 VA inspector audit report (.pdf).
The IRS is slowly improving how it hires and manages its workforce, a Treasury audit (.pdf) found, adding that without continued focus the agency could easily become overwhelmed by difficult new challenges.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the Postal Service does not need Congressional approval to discontinue Saturday mail delivery and the 5-day delivery schedule will start in August 2013. Donahoe says package delivery services will stay on a 6-day schedule and post offices will remain open on Saturdays.
Airline industry opposition is delaying Federal Aviation Administration from issuing guidance and training for safety measures and pilot hiring practices, say auditors at the Transportation Department's inspector general, with some of the resultant risks falling more heavily on smaller carriers.
Bomb-sniffing dogs that screen passengers aren't welcome in some of the highest-risk airports, because the airports don't think the canine teams would be able to handle a suicide bomb attempt, the Government Accountability Office says. Canine teams that screen airport passengers each cost $164,000 annually. The next most expensive canine teams are the air-cargo screeners, which cost $159,000 annually.
"Should the court overturn the FCC's rules, I'll be prepared to introduce legislation clarifying the Commission's authority to ensure a free and open Internet, while preventing the use of Internet fast lanes or other discriminatory rules," said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) in a Jan. 24 keynote speech before the annual State of the Net conference sponsored by the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus.
An office designed to advocate for the protection of small businesses has routinely worked against health and safety regulations despite lacking the relevant scientific expertise or a clear benefit for small businesses, say two reports. The reports ask Congress to change Advocacy's goal to promote competitiveness instead of reducing regulatory impacts.