Author: Lindsey Mastrangelo

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Progress Report on the Climate Security Plan for America

The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG), a group of senior military, national security, and intelligence leaders chaired by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) and Elliott School of International Affairs, has released a report that assesses the progress that the Biden Administration has made towards achieving climate security. This...

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GAO Releases Strategic Plan for 2022-2027

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released the GAO 2022-2027 Strategic Plan: Goals and Objectives for Serving Congress and the Nation. Published every four years, this report guides the agency’s efforts to help legislators oversee federal operations and address the most important national issues facing our society and government....

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2021 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual report for 2021. Their 2021 Internet Crime Report outlines information related to the 847,376 complaints of suspected cybercrime, with reported losses at $6.9 billion, that they received throughout the year. According to IC3 data, phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and...

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Examination of U.S. Capitol Police’s Physical Security Efforts for January 6

The U.S. Capitol Police is responsible for protecting the members of Congress, as well as all staff, facilities, and visitors. However, on January 6, 2021, thousands of protestors surrounded the U.S. Capitol, where they attacked and injured several law enforcement officers and eventually breached the building. In light of those...

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Updated Sea Level Rise Projections for U.S. Coastlines

The U.S. Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazard Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force, composed of representatives from several government agencies and academic institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an updated sea level rise...

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Historical Vaccine Rollouts and COVID-19

The Center for Global Development (CGD) published a working paper that reviews the obstacles to developing vaccines and delivering vaccinations, including against COVID-19, in a historical perspective. In COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Rollout in Historical Perspective, authors Amanda Glassman, Charles Kenny, and George Yang review a subset of the steps...

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Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Releases Its Final Report

The U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, which was established by the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act, has released its final report. Comprised of senators and representatives from both parties, senior members of the executive branch, and nationally recognized subject-matter experts, the Commission outlines a strategic approach to fighting...

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GAO Investigates Disaster Recovery Barriers

In light of the recent tornadoes that have devastated several states, members of Congress asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the impact of federal disaster recovery programs on various societal groups. To investigate, GAO conducted an extensive literature review, analyzed federal disaster recovery program documentation, and interviewed...