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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Identifying Personality Disorders That Are Security Risks: Field Test Results

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Homeland Security,Mental Health

Examines which personality disorders are associated with security risk, due to compromised judgment and reliability, and whether an improved screening tool could be used to evaluate personnel in a high risk program such as access to nuclear or biological weapons.  From the Defense Personnel Security Research Center


Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Introducing a Public Advocate

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

Examines the proposal that the supersecret FISA court include a public advocate who would represent the civil liberties interests of the general public and challenge the government’s applications for foreign surveillance.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Proposed rule to require domestic and foreign food facilities to protect food from contamination by acts of terrorists.   From the Food and Drug Administration


The Road to Boston: Counterterrorism Challenges and Lessons from the Marathon Bombings

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Russia,Terrorism

Examines Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s personal history and interaction with federal agencies and the missed opportunities that might have prevented the Boston attack.  Offers seven recommendations to strengthen counterterrorism efforts which echo recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission after the Al Qaeda attacks.  From the Majority Staff of the House Homeland Security Committee.


Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Management of Terrorist Watchlist Nominations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Terrorism

Criticizes the FBI for continuing weaknesses in the database used to monitor those considered potentially dangerous to U.S. security and offers 12 recommendations for strengthening watchlist related operations and practices.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice


Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Resident Nonimmigrant Population in the United States: January 2012

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

Presents estimates of the size and characteristics of the population of foreign nationals who are legally admitted into the U.S. for specific purposes such as students and temporary workers rather than tourists or business travelers.  Characteristics covered include country of citizenship and destination state.   From the Office of Immigration Statistics of the Department of Homeland Security


Suitability and Security Processes Review: Report to the President

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Finds that 5.1 million individuals now have security clearances.  Reviews process by which the clearances are acquired and recommends that the number of clearances be reduced to reduce costs and avoid risks to sensitive information. From the Government Accountability Office


Report of the Investigation into the Fatal Shooting Incident at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 and Associated Security, Personnel, and Contracting Policies and Practices

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security

The Navy Department’s investigation into the Washington Navy Yard shootings, completed in 2013 and released to the public in 2014.  Covers findings about contractor and military force compliance with personnel security policies.   From the Navy Department


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