From the Blogs
Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly: The Department of Defense recently demonstrated the “Continuous Evaluation” of approximately 100,000 cleared military, civilian and contractor personnel, in order to validate their eligibility for access to classified information on an ongoing basis.According to a new quarterly report on the Insider Threat program, the Department of Defense is on track to expand its Continuous Evaluation capability to 225,000 persons by the end of 2015, to 500,000 persons by the end of 2016, and to 1 million persons during 2017.
Public Mass Shooting a Persistent Threat (CRS): Mass killings of the sort that took place yesterday in Charleston, South Carolina are a distressingly frequent occurrence. There were 78 public mass shootings in the United States between 1983 and 2013, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. “According to CRS estimates, over the last three decades public mass shootings have claimed 547 lives and led to an additional 476 injured victims,” the report said.
Public Access to CRS Reports, Revisited: “Congressional Research Belongs to the Public,” declared a New York Times editorial today, and it is “absurd” that Congress would place any obstacles in the way of public access to Congressional Research Service reports, which provide impartial analyses of current policy issues. Yet such obstacles continue to exist, and most CRS reports are not publicly disclosed by Congress.
FAS in the News
- Jun 17: New York Times, “Congressional Research Belongs to the Public“
- Jun 24: USA Today, “Obama Has Issued 19 Secret Directives”
- Jun 25: FCW, “IT Tools Can Help Declassification Backlog, but Is there Funding?”
- Jun 25: Council on Foreign Relations, “Why Putin’s ICBM Announcement Does Not Signal a New Nuclear Arms Race”
- Jun 26: The Intercept, “How the NSA Started Investigating the New York Times’ Warrantless Wiretapping Story