Social Security Disability: Information on Wait Times, Bankruptcies, and Deaths among Applicants Who Appealed Benefit Denials

What GAO Found

GAO found that most applicants for disability benefits who appealed the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) initial disability determination from fiscal years 2008 … Read More

Retirement Security: Older Women Report Facing a Financially Uncertain Future

What GAO Found

In all 14 focus groups GAO held with older women, women described some level of anxiety about financial security in retirement. Many … Read More

Homelessness: Better HUD Oversight of Data Collection Could Improve Estimates of Homeless Population

What GAO Found

Data collected through the Point-in-Time (PIT) count—a count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night—have limitations for measuring homelessness. The PIT … Read More

Anti-Money Laundering: FinCEN Should Enhance Procedures for Implementing and Evaluating Geographic Targeting Orders

What GAO Found

To combat money laundering, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a geographic targeting order (GTO) in 2016 that required title insurers … Read More

Nevada Woman Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud

A Nevada woman was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday with fraudulently seeking over $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting … Read More

Defendant Pleads Guilty In Multi-Million Dollar Prize Notification Scam Affecting Elderly Victims

A Las Vegas area resident charged with perpetrating a prize-notification scheme that bilked victims out of more than $10 million pleaded guilty today, the Department … Read More

Assistant Attorney General Beth A. Williams Delivers Opening Remarks at the Federalist Society, Colorado Lawyers Chapter Panel Discussion: “Reviewing the Supreme Court’s 2019/20 Term”

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Thank you for that kind introduction, Will, and for the invitation to join you today.  Though I wish I could … Read More

Justice Department Acts To Shut Down Fraudulent Websites Exploiting The Covid-19 Pandemic

Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Three Defendants and Over 300 Fraudulent Websites Purporting to Sell Scarce Health and Safety Items

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Global Disruption of Three Terror Finance Cyber-Enabled Campaigns

The Justice Department today announced the dismantling of three terrorist financing cyber-enabled campaigns, involving the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, al-Qaeda, and Islamic State of … Read More

Manhattan Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorist Organization

Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion Attempted to Travel Overseas to Join Lashkar e-Tayyiba

The Department of Justice announced today that Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, a/k/a “Jihadistsoldgier,” “Jihadinhear,” “Jihadinheart,”

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Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on the Resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best

Attorney General William P. Barr issued the following statement in response to the resignation of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best:

“I was disheartened to learn … Read More

Facial Recognition Technology: Privacy and Accuracy Issues Related to Commercial Uses

What GAO Found

Market research and other data suggest that the market for facial recognition technology has increased in the number and types of businesses … Read More

Justice Department Releases Report On Modernizing The Administrative Procedure Act

The Justice Department released a report today on the need for Congress to update and improve the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the 74-year-old statute setting … Read More

West Virginia Doctor Found Guilty of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids

A federal jury found a West Virginia doctor guilty today of unlawfully distributing opioids to his patients.  The defendant was charged in a September 2019 … Read More

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Zachary Clark Disseminated ISIS Propaganda and Bomb-Making Instructions in an Effort to Incite Acts of Terrorism and Violence in New York City and Elsewhere


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Transportation Research: Additional Actions Could Improve DOT’s Internal Collaboration and Reliability of Information on Research Activities

What GAO Found

The Department of Transportation (DOT) uses a multistep, centralized process to prioritize and select research activities it will fund. DOT’s modal administrations—which … Read More

National Bio and Agro-defense Facility: DHS and USDA Are Working to Transfer Ownership and Prepare for Operations, but Critical Steps Remain

What GAO Found

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have taken steps to plan for and implement the successful … Read More

Child Welfare and Aging Programs: HHS Could Enhance Support for Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers

What GAO Found

In 2018, an estimated 2.7 million children lived with kin caregivers— grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends—because their parents were unable … Read More

Eastern Kentucky Doctor and Assistant Plead Guilty to Unlawfully Distributing Opioids

A Kentucky doctor and his former office assistant pleaded guilty on Aug. 7 for their roles in unlawfully distributing opioids and other controlled substances during … Read More

Newport News Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Return

A Newport News, Virginia, tax preparer pleaded guilty today to aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney … Read More

Attorney General Barr Chairs Meeting of the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry

Attorney General William P. Barr this morning chaired a principals meeting of the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry, which President Trump … Read More

Federal Court Terminates Paramount Consent Decrees

A federal court in the Southern District of New York today terminated the Paramount Consent Decrees, which for over seventy years have regulated how … Read More

Department of Defense: Eating Disorders in the Military

What GAO Found

The Department of Defense (DOD) screens for eating disorders for all applicants entering into the military but does not specifically screen servicemembers … Read More

Biofuel Fraudster Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Scamming Multiple Federal Agencies and Customers

The owner of a biofuel company was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by a three-year term of supervised release and ordered to pay … Read More

Five Charged in Connection with an over $4 Million Paycheck Protection Program Fraud Scheme

Five individuals were charged in an indictment with fraudulently obtaining more than $4 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and using those funds, in … Read More

Justice Department Seeks Forfeiture of Two Commercial Properties Purchased with Funds Misappropriated from PrivatBank in Ukraine

The United States filed two civil forfeiture complaints today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that commercial real estate … Read More

Houston Attorney Sentenced to Prison for Offshore Tax Evasion Scheme

Conspired to Secretly Bring to the US More Than $18 Million in Untaxed Money Held in Foreign Banks

A Houston, Texas, attorney was sentenced to

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Company President and Employee Arrested in Alleged Scheme to Violate the Export Control Reform Act

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, Audrey Strauss, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Jonathan Carson, … Read More

Arkansas Project Manager Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud and False Statements in Connection with COVID-Relief Fraud

A project manager employed by a major retailer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges for filing fraudulent bank loan applications seeking more than $8 … Read More

Former Venezuelan Official Charged in Connection with International Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme

Charges were unsealed today against a former official at Citgo Petroleum Corporation, a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company Petróleos de Venezuela … Read More