A New York resident pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of New York to participating in a fraudulent multimillion-dollar mass-mailing scheme that tricked consumers into paying fees for falsely promised cash prizes.
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February 10, 2022A Maine man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Massachusetts, in connection with the Dec. 28, 2020, fire that destroyed a predominately Black church in Springfield.
- Eight Individuals Charged With Conspiring to Act as Illegal Agents of the People’s Republic of China
October 28, 2020A complaint and arrest warrants were unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging eight defendants with conspiring to act in the United States as illegal agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Six defendants also face related charges of conspiring to commit interstate and international stalking. The defendants, allegedly acting at the direction and under the control of PRC government officials, conducted surveillance of and engaged in a campaign to harass, stalk, and coerce certain residents of the United States to return to the PRC as part of a global, concerted, and extralegal repatriation effort known as “Operation Fox Hunt.”
- The United States Designates ISIS Financial Facilitators
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- Director for COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Kevin Chambers Delivers Remarks at COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force Roundtable
March 10, 2022Thank you, Mr. Attorney General, Madam Deputy Attorney General, I’m honored to take on this new role and I’m excited to continue to work with the women and men in the Department of Justice and also with all of you at the law enforcement agencies and Office of Inspector General that have been such good partners to us.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Before Their Meeting
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- Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on Diplomacy to Constrain Iran’s Nuclear Program
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- Information Management: Selected Agencies Need to Fully Address Federal Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements
In U.S GAO NewsAugust 24, 2021What GAO Found Seventeen agencies GAO selected for review varied in the extent to which their policies and procedures addressed the electronic recordkeeping requirements in the Managing Government Records Directive and the Federal Records Act ( FRA ) and its amendments. More specifically, 14 of the 17 agencies established records management programs, while three agencies did not. Of those 14 agencies with established records management programs, almost all addressed requirements related to incorporating electronic records into their existing programs, but many did not have policies and procedures to fully incorporate recordkeeping functionalities into electronic systems, establish controls and preservation considerations for systems, and issue instructions on email requirements (see table). Assessment of Selected Agencies’ Policies and Procedures Addressing Key Electronic Records Requirements NARA provided guidance and assistance to the selected agencies, including guidance on electronic records management and training. All of the agencies stated that the assistance was generally helpful and that they relied on it to some extent for implementing the key requirements discussed in this report. Further, NARA oversaw the selected agencies’ implementation of federal records management regulations through their self-assessment progam. However, NARA had not ensured that the selected small or micro agencies that self-assessed to be at high risk of improper records management in calendar year 2017 were taking appropriate actions to make improvements to their records management programs. NARA officials stated they conduct follow-up with the agencies that report poor scores, but they do not proactively require the agencies to address their weaknesses. Until NARA requires these agencies to develop plans to make necessary improvements, these agencies will likely miss important opportunities to improve their record management practices. Why GAO Did This Study The Federal Records Act , a subsequent directive, and NARA regulations establish requirements for agencies to ensure the transparency, efficiency, and accountability of federal records, including those in electronic form. In addition, NARA plays an important role in overseeing and assisting agencies’ records management efforts. GAO was asked to evaluate federal agencies’ implementation of the aforementioned requirements related to electronic records. The objectives were to determine the extent to which (1) selected agencies’ policies and procedures address the electronic recordkeeping requirements in the Managing Government Records Directive and the Presidential and FRA Amendments of 2014 and (2) NARA assisted selected agencies in managing their electronic records. To do so, GAO selected 17 agencies and reviewed their records management policies and procedures. GAO also reviewed laws and requirements pertaining to NARA’s roles and responsibilities for assisting agencies in managing their electronic records. Further, GAO analyzed NARA guidance and other documents that discussed NARA’s efforts in carrying out these responsibilities.
- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Recent Workforce Trends and Wage Distribution
In U.S GAO NewsFebruary 8, 2022What GAO Found The federal government controls immigration for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), including administration of a foreign worker permit program that is specific to the CNMI. Under this program, the ratio of U.S. to foreign workers in the CNMI remained close to 50 percent from 2016 through 2018. U.S. workers increased to 56 percent in 2019 and 59 percent in 2020, partly because the CNMI government identified persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence (LPRs) in the total of U.S. workers. The size of the overall workforce grew from 2016 to 2017 before contracting by about 2,000 workers in 2018, and dropped by more than 5,000 workers from 2016 to 2020. The Department of Homeland Security approved about 11,600 CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) foreign worker permits for 2019 and about 5,400 for 2021, dropping from a high of 13,685 in fiscal year 2017. Employed Workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Calendar Years 2016–2020 Notes: For 2016 to 2018, U.S. workers include U.S. citizens and nationals, and citizens of the FAS—the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Foreign workers include all other workers, potentially including LPRs because the data provided to GAO did not identify LPR workers. For 2019 and 2020, U.S. workers include LPRs identified by the CNMI. Foreign workers include all other workers who are not U.S. workers. According to the Prevailing Wage Study (PWS), an annual study of employers in the CNMI, the reported number of employees earning less than $8 per hour declined by 68 percent from 2019 to 2021. The decline is largely due to economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic and to lower study participation by private businesses. Because of the decline in the number of low-wage workers, 94 percent of CNMI workers in the PWS currently earn above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, an increase from 73 percent in 2019. GAO also illustrated how various hypothetical minimum wage levels would affect workers. For example, at current wage levels, a minimum wage increase to $10 per hour could directly affect 50 percent of workers included in the PWS. Why GAO Did This Study The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, which amended the 1976 Covenant between the U.S. and the CNMI, established federal control of CNMI immigration beginning in 2009. Under the act, the Department of Homeland Security began implementing a foreign worker permit program that was specific to the CNMI. The Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 extended the CW-1 program for 10 additional years, through the end of 2029. In addition, as required by a 2007 law, the CNMI minimum wage was increased over time to match the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 by 2018. The Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018 included a provision for GAO to biennially examine the ratio of United States workers to other workers in the CNMI over the 5 previous calendar years. GAO was also asked to examine the structure of wages for workers in the CNMI. This report examines (1) recent trends in composition of the CNMI workforce, including the ratio of U.S. workers to foreign workers in the CNMI during the previous 5 calendar years, and (2) the distribution of wages for workers in the CNMI from 2019 through 2021. GAO analyzed CNMI government and U.S. agency data and prior GAO reports, and interviewed officials from the CNMI government and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, and the Interior. For more information, contact Latesha Love at (202) 512-4409 or LoveL@gao.gov.
- Remarks as Delivered by Attorney General William P. Barr at the Major Cities Chiefs Association Conference
October 17, 2020I appreciate the invitation to address this group. I want to start by thanking you, and the men and women you lead, for serving in what I think is the most noble profession in our country – enforcing the law and keeping our communities safe.
- Secretary Blinken’s Call with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
August 20, 2021
- EEG Testing and Private Investment Companies Pay $15.3 Million to Resolve Kickback and False Billing Allegations
July 21, 2021Two Texas companies have agreed to pay a combined $15.3 million to resolve allegations of kickbacks and other misconduct resulting in the submission of false claims to federal health care programs.
- Justice Department Settles with Texas Recycling Company to Prevent the Release of Ozone Depleting Refrigerants, Which Contribute to Climate Change
January 7, 2022Today, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Derichebourg Recycling USA Inc. (Derichebourg) of Houston to resolve Clean Air Act violations at 10 scrap metal recycling facilities in Texas and Oklahoma.
- Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio
August 20, 2021
- Appointment of António Guterres as UN Secretary-General for a Second Term
June 18, 2021
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