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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. The Secretary reaffirmed the necessity for continued U.S.-German cooperation in the face of Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. He underscored the United States’ resolute support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against continuing Russian aggression. The Secretary highlighted our commitment, alongside other partners, to continue to hold Russia accountable for its unlawful war of choice.
- Spectrum Management: NTIA Should Improve Spectrum Reallocation Planning and Assess Its Workforce
In U.S GAO NewsJanuary 27, 2022What GAO Found Spectrum is a finite natural resource that enables wireless communications and critical government operations, such as those shown in the figure below. Within the Department of Commerce, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) works with other agencies to execute spectrum reallocations, which involve making spectrum used by the federal government available to nonfederal users. However, GAO found NTIA lacks a formalized planning process for these reallocations, even though they can be complex, often lengthy undertakings involving many stakeholders and steps. For reallocations, NTIA typically collects input from those agencies whose use of spectrum would be affected by a proposed reallocation. NTIA may also help agencies conduct technical evaluations of a reallocation’s potential effects on the agencies’ spectrum-dependent operations. While NTIA follows some usual steps in conducting reallocations, GAO found that NTIA lacks plans with objectives and targets, integrated master schedules, and risk assessments. By following leading practices in program management, NTIA may be able to more effectively implement reallocations by considering necessary steps, risks, and the likely timeframes involved. Examples of Federal and Nonfederal Spectrum Uses NTIA has identified the competencies needed to manage federal spectrum’s use, but it has not fully assessed its workforce for competency gaps. NTIA relies on a highly skilled and specialized workforce to undertake its spectrum management responsibilities and especially relies on electronic engineers and telecommunications specialists. NTIA officials told GAO that NTIA annually assesses whether there are competency gaps for individual positions. However, NTIA does not aggregate individual-level competency assessments to determine whether gaps exist on an organization level, as called for by leading practices. By assessing organization-level gaps in critical competencies on a recurring basis and then addressing them through hiring, training, or other strategies, NTIA could better ensure its spectrum management workforce is capable of successfully achieving NTIA’s mission. Why GAO Did This Study Almost all spectrum has been allocated for the federal government, commercial sector, or other nonfederal use. However, the demand for spectrum continues to grow, especially from the commercial sector as it seeks to deploy and improve 5G mobile service. NTIA is responsible for managing the federal government’s spectrum use and plays a key role alongside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies in helping to reallocate federal spectrum for commercial use. GAO was asked to review NTIA’s spectrum management activities. This report examines, among other objectives, the extent to which NTIA (1) has developed a planning process for spectrum reallocations and (2) identified and assessed the competencies needed to manage federal spectrum’s use. GAO reviewed relevant NTIA documentation and compared it with applicable leading practices. GAO interviewed officials from NTIA and other agencies, representing a variety of non-generalizable viewpoints.
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- Readout of Justice Department Leadership Meeting with Members of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
October 1, 2021Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta convened a virtual listening session with Members of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to discuss the unmet needs of survivors and the ways in which the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) could be improved and strengthened to help to meet those needs. The Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General and Associate Attorney General were joined by leadership of the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).
- Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke Remarks at U.S. Election Assistance Commission Black History Month Program
February 28, 2022Good morning, I’m Kristen Clarke, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Senior State Department Official On the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative
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- Former Louisiana Police Officer Indicted for Assaulting an Arrestee
April 29, 2021A federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, returned an indictment charging a former Shreveport police officer with assaulting an arrestee in Caddo Parish.
- Alcoa to Clean Up Remaining Surface Contamination at Former East St. Louis Aluminum Plant Under Federal Settlement
December 17, 2021Alcoa Corporation and Howmet Aerospace, successors to Alcoa Incorporated, and the City of East St. Louis, Illinois, will clean up hazardous waste disposal sites surrounding Alcoa’s former aluminum manufacturing plant in East St. Louis to resolve federal liability.
- U.S. Sanctions CEIEC for Supporting the Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Efforts to Undermine Venezuelan Democracy
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- Civil Rights Division Opens Investigation into Potential Discrimination in Public Contracting
December 9, 2020The Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has opened an investigation into whether the public contracting and procurement practices of Kansas City, Missouri comply with the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Two Members of Notorious Videogame Piracy Group “Team Xecuter” in Custody
October 2, 2020Two leaders of one of the world’s most notorious videogame piracy groups, Team Xecuter, have been arrested and are in custody facing charges filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
- Mexican man sentenced for importing multiple drugs into the country
In Justice NewsFebruary 14, 2022A 32-year-old Mexican [Read More…]
- Justice Department Anti-Trafficking Efforts Highlighted in 2021 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking
December 3, 2021Today the White House released the 2021 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, which lays out a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, whole-of-government approach to addressing this crime and its harmful impacts on crime victims, their communities and our national security.
- Three Former U.S. Intelligence Community and Military Personnel Agree to Pay More Than $1.68 Million to Resolve Criminal Charges Arising from Their Provision of Hacking-Related Services to a Foreign Government
September 14, 2021On Sept. 7, U.S. citizens, Marc Baier, 49, and Ryan Adams, 34, and a former U.S. citizen, Daniel Gericke, 40, all former employees of the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) or the U.S. military, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) that restricts their future activities and employment and requires the payment of $1,685,000 in penalties to resolve a Department of Justice investigation regarding violations of U.S. export control, computer fraud and access device fraud laws.
- Justice Department Sues Town of Wolcott, Connecticut, for Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities
December 7, 2020The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit alleging that the Town of Wolcott, Connecticut, has discriminated against persons with disabilities in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken With John Dickerson of CBS’s Face the Nation
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- Actions in Turkey’s Parliament
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- United States and United Arab Emirates Sign Bilateral Agreement Enhancing Law Enforcement Cooperation
February 24, 2022On Thursday, the United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) enhancing evidence sharing, judicial cooperation and assistance in criminal investigations and prosecutions.
- New Orleans City Judge Indicted for Filing False Returns
January 7, 2022A federal grand jury in New Orleans returned an indictment today charging a city court judge with filing false tax returns.
- Priority Open Recommendations: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
In U.S GAO NewsJune 1, 2021What GAO Found In April 2020, GAO identified three priority recommendations for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Since then, FDIC has implemented two of those recommendations. As of April 2021, the remaining open priority recommendation for FDIC involves the following area: Collaborating with other financial regulators to communicate with banks that have third-party relationships with financial technology lenders about using alternative data in underwriting. FDIC’s continued attention to this issue could improve its ability to more effectively oversee risks to consumers and the safety and soundness of the U.S. banking system. We are not adding any additional priority recommendations this year. Why GAO Did This Study Priority open recommendations are GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their implementation could save large amounts of money; improve congressional or executive branch decision-making on major issues; eliminate mismanagement, fraud, and abuse; or ensure that programs comply with laws and funds are legally spent, among other benefits. Since 2015 GAO has sent letters to selected agencies to highlight the importance of implementing such recommendations. For more information, contact Daniel Garcia-Diaz at 202-512-8678 or email@example.com.
- New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Making Threatening Interstate Communications to Black Maryland Woman and Her Family
March 8, 2022Michael Marotta, 26, of Sewell, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today to making threatening interstate communications.