Oct 11, 2017

Security Clearance Investigation Challenges and Reforms

PURPOSE: To discuss the merits of the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to transfer the background investigation function from Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) back to DOD. To examine recent reports on problems with interim clearance investigations, improper adjudications, and potential reforms to the investigation process.

Oct 11, 2017

Review of the U.S. Government’s Role in Protecting International Religious Freedom

PURPOSE: To examine the U.S. government's policy related to international religious freedom and how it impacts our national security.   BACKGROUND: Under federal law, the State Department is required to designate countries of particular concern that violate religious freedom. Each year, the State Department's Bureau of ...

Oct 3, 2017

Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things

PURPOSE: To examine the use of devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) and their current and potential uses in federal government.  To explore potential cyber ...

Oct 3, 2017

Innovations in Security: Examining the Use of Canines

PURPOSE: To examine the supply of qualified domestic canines for security purposes. To discuss opportunities to expand the visibility of canines at soft targets and transportation hubs throughout the country. BACKGROUND: Canines are a ...

Sep 26, 2017

Examining America’s Nuclear Waste Management and Storage

PURPOSE: To examine the management of our nation's increasing amount of nuclear waste. To highlight the challenges communities across the country face when dealing with nuclear waste. BACKGROUND: Over the last four decades, the nuclear ...

Sep 26, 2017

Recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking

PURPOSE: To examine recommendations from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP). To understand how Congress can improve access to data, protect privacy and confidentiality, and facilitate the creation of evidence-based policies. BACKGROUND:

Sep 7, 2017

Illicit Drugs in International Mail

PURPOSE: To examine how the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) security standards for international mail facilitate an influx of illicit drugs to the United States. To examine a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining the costs and benefits of using electronic data to screen items sent through international mail.   ...

Jul 27, 2017

Combating Homegrown Terrorism

PURPOSE: To examine the U.S. government's policy for countering violent extremism within domestic communities. To discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program. To identify the scope of the ...

Jul 27, 2017

Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

PURPOSE: To identify the harms of infringing on the right to free speech on college campuses.  To explore recommendations on how to encourage and protect First Amendment rights, as well as intellectual and ideological diversity, on college campuses.  To understand administrators' concerns about public ...

Jul 26, 2017

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Reauthorization in the 115th Congress

TAKEAWAYS: ONDCP has not submitted a reauthorization proposal to Congress this year.  With opioid related deaths increasing in 2016, ONDCP has not submitted the National Drug Control Strategy to Congress, even though it's supposed to be released February 1st each year.  Much more needs to be ...