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House Bills Would Authorize ICE, CBP

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Two bills have been introduced in the House that would formally authorize Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Security subcommittee, introduced the bills (H.R. 3846; H.R. 4279) that would authorize the agencies.

“These two agencies help secure the border and investigate cross-border crime, which is critical to our national security.  However, since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002, they have never been formally authorized by the Congress. Earlier this year, I introduced authorizing language for CBP and ICE that will better define their missions and responsibilities to secure the nation, remove dangerous aliens, investigate cross border criminal activity, and facilitate trade and commerce,” Rep. Miller said in announcing an April 8 hearing on her legislation.

Senators Explore Oversight of Small Agencies, Drafting New IG Bill

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Senators last week discussed oversight of small agencies, commissions, and boards with a hearing before the Senate’s Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee.

Challenges of small agency oversight was discussed at the hearing, as were potential legislative actions to improve the oversight of such organizations. 

Chairwoman of the subcommittee, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said at the hearing that there are at least 40 small agencies with over $1 billion in budgetary authority with “virtually no oversight.”

Changes Coming for CFC as OPM Releases Final Rule

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that final regulations to update the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) will be released in the Federal Register in the coming days.

The proposed rule changes will provide employees “more choice, convenience, and confidence, as well as a more cost-effective system,” according to the OPM announcement.

The final rule is the result of three years of research and work, which was initiated following the 50th anniversary of the CFC. Last year OPM issued a proposed rule, and the final rule that will soon be published incorporated some but not all of the many suggestions and comments OPM received.

Behind the Blue Line

Event Recap | Witness to History: Darkmarket & The FBI Agent Who Became Master Splyntr

On April 8, the National Law Enforcement Museum held the ninth event in our Witness to History series, sponsored by Target. For the second time, the Museum partnered with the International Spy Museum, our host for a great evening and fascinating program: DarkMarket & the FBI Agent who Became Master Splyntr.

Craig Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, kicked off the program by welcoming the nearly 150 guests in attendance, and thanking the event’s sponsor, Target, and host, Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the Spy Museum. He then introduced the panel moderator, Shawn Henry, former Assistant Director of the FBI and current President of CrowdStrike Services; and panelists, J. Keith Mularski, FBI Supervisory Special Agent; and Kevin Poulsen, Investigations Editor of WIRED Magazine.

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Contest Corner

Win A Free Full Conference Pass to GovSec 2014

Want to win a FREE ticket to the nation's premiere government security, law enforcement and homeland security expo and conference?

GovSec 2014 is the only event that brings together everything you need to be ready when it counts. This year's conference runs from May 13-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

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Takedowns

Three Charged with Allegedly Defrauding FCC of $32 Million

The Justice Department announced last week that three individuals have been charged for alleged roles in an approximately $32 million fraud against a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides discounted telephone services to low-income customers.

The indictment charged three defendants with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and fifteen substantive counts of wire fraud, false claims, and money laundering.

According to the indictment, the defendants engaged in a scheme to submit false claims with the federal Lifeline Program, which provides affordable, nationwide telephone service to Americans through discounted rates for qualifying low-income customers. The Lifeline Program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, a not-for-profit designated and authorized by the FCC.

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GEICO's Good Stuff

Tell Us: Why Do You Heart Public Service?

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

The Public Employees Roundtable (PER) is collecting testimonials from government employees and members of the public in support of an I “Heart” Public Service whiteboard photo campaign. Images will be posted on the PER on Facebook and Instagram pages.

The group behind Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which takes place this year from May 4-10, launched the whiteboard campaign in support of this year’s theme: Proud to Serve.

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Case Law Update

Eleventh Circuit Held Fourth Amendment Violated Where Police Recorded Attorney-Client Conversation Between A Non-incarcerated Suspect and His Attorney

While investigating an alleged misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence injunction, Detective Thomas Marmo and Sergeant Brian Canova monitored, intercepted, and listened to privileged conversations between their non-incarcerated suspect, Joel Studivant, and his attorney, Anne Marie Gennusa, who were in an interview room at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. The police did so without any notice to Studivant and Gennusa, and without a warrant. Det. Marmo also seized (without a warrant) from Gennusa, on Sgt. Canova’s order, a statement written by Studivant. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that the surreptitious recording and monitoring of those attorney-client conversations, without notice to Studivant and his attorney, and without a warrant, violated the Fourth Amendment.

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