Because of concerns raised about the professionalism and conduct of certain Dept. of Justice attorneys, as well as the process for holding them accountable to ethical standards, this report provides information about certain aspects of the operations of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). OPR is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving Justice attorneys' exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice. The report provides information on 7 specific issues relating to OPR operations, which deal with the types of allegations, the sources of allegations, and the results of investigations.
Contains profiles of felons incarcerated in Fed. and state correctional facilities, using data from the two most recent surveys of inmates in Fed. and state correctional facilities. It addresses the following questions: (1) what were the overall profiles -- personal demographics, family background, criminal record, drug history, and treatment participation -- for state and for Fed. prison inmates in 1997, and were there any differences between state and Fed. inmates or by current offense type, race, and gender?; and (2) in comparing the 1991 and 1997 profiles, were there any changes in the overall profiles for state and for Fed. inmates or by current offense type, race, and gender?
An eligible person or bus. may file a protest challenging a Fed. contract award or the procedure by which the offers were solicited. This report reviews the cases, particularly small business (SB) cases, that have been filed in district courts and U.S. Court of Fed. Claims (COFC) (Courts) since the Admin. Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 took effect. The report's objectives are to: identify the # of bid protest cases filed in the Courts between 1997 and 1999, that were filed by SB, the type of agencies involved, and the amount of the procurement; identify the perceived advantages and disadvantages, particularly for SB, of filing bid protest cases in each judicial forum.
Reviews and compiles the latest statistics on the incidence and societal cost of identity theft (IT). Generally, IT or identity fraud involves "stealing" another person's personal identifying info. -- such as Social Security number, date of birth, and mother's maiden name -- and then using the info. to fraudulently establish credit, run up debt, or take over existing financial accounts. This report provides info. on: the extent or prevalence of IT; the cost of IT to the financial services industry, including direct fraud losses, staffing of fraud departments, and effect on consumer confidence in online commerce; the cost of IT to victims, including victim productivity losses, out-of-pocket expenses, and cost of being denied credit; and the cost of IT to the Fed. criminal justice system.
Reviews Fed. and state efforts to address identity theft, which has been characterized by law enforcement (LE) as the fastest growing type of crime in the U.S. Provides info. on: LE results (such as examples of prosecutions and convictions) under the Fed. Identity Theft Act; LE results under state statutes that, similar to the Fed. act, provide state and local LE officials with the tools to prosecute and convict identity theft criminals; the means used to promote cooperation or coordination among Fed., state, and local LE agencies in addressing identity theft crimes that span multiple jurisdictions; and actions taken by the U.S. Social Security Admin. to resolve Social Security Number misuse and other identity theft-related allegations received during FY 1999.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 included provisions establishing an expedited removal (ER) process for dealing with aliens who attempt to enter the U.S. by engaging in fraud or misrepresentation or those who arrive with fraudulent, improper, or no documents. Aliens who are subject to ER and assert a fear of being returned to their home country or country of last residence are to be provided a credible fear (CF) interview. This CF interview identified aliens whose asylum claims have a possibility of succeeding. Recommends that INS reevaluate its policy for deciding when to release aliens who have a CF of persecution.
Alien smuggling along the southwest border is a threat to the security of the United States and Mexico. Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Office of Investigations (OI) - part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - is the primary federal agency responsible for investigating alien smuggling along the southwest border. As requested, this report addresses, for the southwest border, (1) OI's efforts to counter alien smuggling since 2005, and opportunities, if any, for ICE to use its resources more effectively; (2) the progress DHS has made in seizing alien smugglers' assets since fiscal year 2005 and any promising techniques that could be applied to seize smugglers' assets; and (3) the extent to which ICE has objectives related to alien smuggling and measures to assess progress. GAO interviewed officials in all four OI offices along the southwest border and analyzed data on OI's cases and seizures, from fiscal years 2005 through 2009. GAO recommends, among other things, that DHS evaluate the feasibility of expanding the LEAR program, assess the Arizona Attorney General's investigations strategy, and develop performance measures for MIRP. DHS agreed with four of five recommendations in this report directed to DHS but disagreed with establishing MIRP performance measures because it did not believe such action was appropriate. GAO believes this recommendation is consistent with the program's intent.
You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
eReaders and other devices
To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.