Countering Violent Extremism: Additional Actions Could Strengthen Training Efforts, Report to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate   [open pdf - 2MB]

"DHS and DOJ [Department of Justice] have responsibility for training state and local law enforcement and community members on how to defend against violent extremism - ideologically motivated violence to further political goals. Community members and advocacy organizations have raised concerns about the quality of some CVE-related [countering violent extremism] training that DOJ and DHS provide or fund. As requested, GAO [Government Accountability Office] examined (1) the extent to which DHS and DOJ have identified and communicated topics that CVE-related training should address to their components and state and local partners, (2) any concerns raised by state and local partners who have participated in CVE-related training provided or funded by DHS or DOJ, and (3) actions DHS and DOJ have taken to improve the quality of CVE-related training. GAO reviewed relevant documents, such as training participant feedback forms and DHS and DOJ guidance; and interviewed relevant officials from DHS and DOJ components. This is a public version of a sensitive report that GAO issued in September 2012. Information that the FBI deemed sensitive has been redacted. [...] GAO recommends that DOJ identify and communicate principal CVErelated training topics and that FBI field offices and USAOs [United States Attorneys' Offices] consider soliciting feedback more consistently. DOJ agreed that it should more consistently solicit feedback, but disagreed that it should identify CVE training topics because DOJ does not have primary responsibility for CVE-related training, among other things. GAO believes this recommendation remains valid as discussed further in this report."

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