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Options for law enforcement to get around smartphone data encryption

Several options may be available to law enforcement officials concerned that recent actions by companies to protect and encrypt data on smartphones and other mobile devices could impact their investigations, according to a recent Congressional Research Service brief.

National Weather Service worker charged with allegedly stealing sensitive government files

Hydrologist Xiafen "Sherry" Chen was arrested Oct. 20 at at the agency's Wilmington, Ohio, facility after being indicted in U.S. District Court, according to the FBI.

FBI director: Device encryption makes law enforcement, nat'l security investigations harder

FBI Director James Comey said that the public has several "misimpressions" that law enforcement and national security officials will be able to get around device encryption to capture suspected terrorists and other bad guys.

Federal government discloses no-fly list status for the first time

After years of refusing to tell people whether or not they were on the federal government's "no-fly list," the Justice Department Oct. 10 notified seven people of their status.

Former FBI agent pleads guilty to conspiracy

A former FBI special agent and his conspirator pled guilty Sept. 30 to participating in a bribery plan to obstruct a grand jury investigation in exchange for cash business contracts with a third person, who was under investigation. Robert Lustyik, a 24 year veteran of the FBI, pled guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, obstructing a grand jury and obstructing an agency proceeding, an Oct. 1 Justice Department statement says.

FBI keeps police mum on use of cellphone trackers

Police use of a device that lets officers zero in on the location of cellphones – and thereby persons of interest or suspects – is being kept under wraps by the FBI, according to a document released last month through a Freedom of Information Act request.

FBI director worried about law enforcement being denied access to encrypted devices

FBI Director James Comey has criticized Apple and Google for saying they would not give law enforcement officials access to their customers' smartphones even if they wanted to because those devices will be encrypted.

FBI's 2-year-old, $550M electronic case management system frustrates users

More than half of FBI employees using the bureau's electronic records and case management system for day-to-day activities are dissatisfied with search functionality and say indexing is a productivity drain.

Homeland, intelligence officials say no info that ISIL infiltrating southern US border

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently testified that he's unaware of any plot by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to cross into the United States thorugh Mexico.

House committee approves legislation to give IGs more power

A House committee Wednesday passed legislation that would make it easier for inspectors general to compel agencies to hand over information during investigations. The bill (H.R.5492) would allow inspectors general to write testimonial subpoenas for federal government contractors and former employees. That would strengthen the independence of inspectors general and allow them investigate agencies with less obstruction, a Sept. 17 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says.